Gustav Heppner

Gustav A. Heppner

MANSFIELD: Gustav A. Heppner, 99, of Mansfield, was called to heaven on Sunday afternoon, August 25, 2013. Gustav was born in Slavikai, Lithuania on December 22, 1913, the son of Leopold and Johanna (Schiller) Heppner. Gustav was a cabinet maker by trade who brought his family to America in 1952 in order to build a new life after surviving World War II. He first worked at The Home Materials Company in Mansfield and then was a pattern maker at the General Motors Fisher Body plant in Ontario from 1957 until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of St. Peters German Lutheran Church in Mansfield, and he enjoyed gardening and any kind of outside work in his yard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Meta; one son, Erich and his wife, Edith; four grandchildren, Theresa Heppner, Stefanie (Tyler) Campbell, Nicholas (Christina) Heppner and Erica (Brandon) Prather; and eight great-grandchildren all living in Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter and Richart; and a sister, Berta.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road, Ontario conducted by Rev. Renato Siewert. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peters Lutheran Church.

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100 S Lexington-Springmill Rd Ontario, OH 44906
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Published in the News Journal on Aug. 27, 2013