William "Bill" Kepler, 88, of Idaho Falls, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Bill was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Rapid City, S.D., to Lydia Smothers and Art Kepler. When he was a year old, the family moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where he was raised and attended schools.
He joined the U.S. Navy at the beginning of WWII. He served throughout the war and was in Japan at the signing of the truce. Returning home, he worked for the Corps of Engineers.
While working for the Corps of Engineers, Bill met his future wife, Betty J. Bay. They were married Nov. 13, 1949, in Caldwell. They moved from Caldwell to Idaho Falls in 1952, where Bill managed Ferrell's Men's Store. In 1957, he started his own real estate business, Kepler Realty, and worked in the business right up through this year.
He loved his race horses, raising cattle and part-time farming and sharing life with any and everyone around him.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Kepler; a son, Victor (Lisa) Kepler; daughters, Joni Kepler and Jan (Dean) Wilkie; a daughter-in-law, Alicia Kepler; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marge Christensen.
He was preceded in death by a son, Vaughn Kepler; and a sister, Marian Stevenson.
Join the family for a celebration of life from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.