Oct. 16, 1931 - Nov. 12, 2012
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NAPPANEE - Willard "Bill" Hepler, age 81, of Nappanee, died Mon., Nov. 12, at 9:40 a.m. at his residence, unexpectedly of natural causes. He was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Kosciusko County to Fred O. and Mary Louise (Mays) Hepler. He graduated from Nappanee High School in 1949, and he lived his lifetime in the same house. Bill retired from CTS Corp. in 1993, where he had worked for more than 30 years. He was in the United States Army and a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Nappanee American Legion and was very dedicated to the Red Cross blood drives. Surviving Bill are sisters, Ruth (Merlin) Yoder and Donnabelle (Edward) Monhaut, both of Nappanee; brothers, Eldon Hepler of Jacksonville, FL, Allen (Marge) Hepler of South Bend, Richard (Marlene) Hepler of Apache Junction, AZ, and Russell (Ardala) Hepler of LaGrange, IN; many nieces and nephews; and friend, Joyce Birk of Mishawaka. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Florence Fleck; and brother, James Hepler. Friends may visit the family Fri., Nov. 17, from 2-8 p.m. at the Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., also at the funeral home. His brother, Rev. Russell Hepler, will lead the service. Burial will follow at Hepton Union Cemetery with military graveside services performed by the Nappanee American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International or to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.tlyfh.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on November 14, 2012