John S. "Sandy" Hepler|
May 6, 2013
John S. "Sandy" Hepler, (1947 to 2013), passed away on May 6, 2013, in Whitleyville, TN, from lung cancer. Valedictorian at Mt. Pleasant High School in 1965, a graduate of University of Michigan, but schooled by his life's passions, he became an advocate for many causes. He worked on behalf of replanting American chestnut tree, saving old apple tree varieties, making healthy chocolate, building beautiful wooden construction with native woods, and promoting neighborhood inter-sufficiency. One of Sandy's favorite projects was The Little Sparrows, a program he developed in a village in Nicaragua that fed hungry children and gave them opportunities to play and learn. He studied deeply the intersection of health, nutrition, and exercise. A longtime holdout from the 60s, Sandy was remembered for his great selflessness and good work to help others. Said his close friend Leith Patton at his memorial gathering: "He never kept much for himself. When he made money, it was just so he would have money to give away. He was a brilliant, talented, goodhearted, and spirited activist for the betterment of the world. We were all privileged to have known him". He is survived by his sisters, Susan Hepler of Alexandria, VA and Darcy Hepler Bradley of Medical Lake, WA; a niece and nephew; and many loving cousins and friends.
Published in The Morning Sun from July 13 to July 14, 2013