Charles H. "Charlie" Hepler

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Charles H. "Charlie" Hepler, 77, of Frackville, passed away peacefully Monday evening with his family at his side at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Pitman, he was a son of the late John "Wimp" and Coletta "Lettie" Donlan Hepler.

He had been employed as a meat cutter for the former Anthony's Supermarket for more than 20 years and then by Boyer's Markets until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Parish, Frackville, Frackville American Legion Post 398, the Whipperwill Fish and Game and the Frackville Area Senior Citizens. He was a coach for Frackville Little League and Frackville Teener League for 11 years. Charlie was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was a Army veteran, having served as the crew chief of Sikorsky CH-34 helicopter, where he received the Winged S Air Rescue Award for outstanding performance in a disaster in Longarone, Italy, during the Vajont Dam disaster. He also received a medal of merit and commendation from the Italian Defense Minister.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Van Horn, and a sister, Mary Jane Fey.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn "Gilfert" Hepler; a son, Charles J. "Chaz" and his wife, Margaret Hepler, Frackville; a daughter, Amy, wife of Mike Prock, Frackville; seven grandchildren, Timothy Prock, Bobby and Jessica Van Horn, Emily, Zachary, Jacob and Ashley Hepler; a brother, Dennis and wife, Susan Hepler, Kulpmont, sister-in-law, Charlene Boniscavage, Kutztown; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A prayer service will be held at 5:45 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Christopher Zelonis officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions, in Charles' name, be made to the . Sign the guest book, leave personal condolences and for further information, please visit www.thomasmsullivanfuneralhome.com. Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Sept. 13, 2017
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