Dalton Turner (Buddy) Hepner, of Strasburg, VA passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.
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A graveside service for Mr. Hepner will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Panorama Memorial Gardens, Warren County with Rev. Wendell Schurtz officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, Strasburg.
Buddy was born August 13, 1929 in Falling Waters, West Virginia, a son of the late Oscar Turner and Annie Hansberg Hepner.
Buddy made it through the sixth grade and decided school was not for him. He held various odd and end jobs until 1945 at the age of 16 he enlisted in the United States Army. He loved traveling with the Army saying that Germany was one of his favorite places.
In 1949 he married the late Ida Mae Jenkins Hepner, with whom he spent the next forty years with. In 1955 Buddy received an honorable discharge from the Army and began the next chapter in his life. For a person with a limited school education he was a very smart business entrepreneur. He started Hepner's Cab Company, then opened Hepner's Grocery Store. His main business was Hepner's Trucking Company that he owned for twenty years.
On March 21, 1992 Buddy married Margot Anita Hepner. They enjoyed traveling to Germany to visit with Margot's friends and family. He was a true traveling man, and enjoyed being on the road in a car or truck, not caring where he was going or when he would be home. As long as Margot was with him and his dog too.
Survivors include his wife, Margot Anita Hepner of Strasburg; daughters, Wanda Ritenour and husband Winston, Deborah Ludwig, Teresa Senseney and husband Rick, all of Strasburg; a son, Gary Allen Hepner and friend Terri Franklin of Mt Olive, VA; step-children, Evelin and George Toman of Strasburg, VA, Don and Pam Grandstaff of Winchester, VA, Lewis Lee Grandstaff of Front Royal, VA and Robert Lee Grandstaff of Edinburg, VA; grandchildren, Chris Ritenour and wife Sandra, Gabe Ritenour and wife Emily, Shawn Hepner and Stacy Chandler, Damion Ludwig, Brian Ludwig and wife Lisa, Amy Sine and husband Jeff, J.R. Hepner, Lalani Palmer and husband Jason, Matthew Hepner and wife Christie, Derek Knicely and wife Sunshine, Billy Toman and wife Jami, Nathan Toman and wife Kristin and Jessica Grandstaff; twenty great-grandchildren; his sisters, Catherine Cookus and Bernice Ensogna.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, William Ludwig; a brother, Alstin Mumaw and three sisters, Lexie Maloney, Darlene Haddock, and Norma Teets.
Pallbearers will be Chris Ritenour, Gabe Ritenour, Shawn Hepner, J.R. Hepner, Damion Ludwig, Brian Ludwig, Derek Kniceley, Billy Toman and Nathan Toman.
Per Buddy's request there will be no family visitation night. A guest book is available to be signed at Stoverás funeral home.
" God called your name so gently, That only you could hear, No one heard the footsteps of the Angels drawing near....Softly from the shadows, There came a gentle call, You closed your eyes and went to sleep... You quietly left us all".
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Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. Strasburg is serving the family of Mr. Hepner
Memorial contributions can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice or Walnut Springs Church.
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Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
177 N. Holliday Street
Strasburg, VA 22657
Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Mar. 17, 2014