Steven Kepics, 93, of Plains Township, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Celtic Hospice in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
He was born Aug. 4, 1919, in Sharpsville, Pa., a son of the late John Kepics and Mary Cheresney Kepics, formerly of Plains Township.
He is survived by his wife, the former Genevieve Keris of Plymouth, to whom he was married for 66 wonderful years.
Steven served his country during World War II
as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army
in Company B, 704th Tank Destroyer Battalion, receiving two Purple Heart
s for his service before being honorably discharged in 1945. He was a member of the Keystone State Branch of the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion Post 558 in Plains Township for 65 years.
After the war, Steven took a job at Foster Wheeler Corp. in Mountain Top as a rigger and yard master, where he worked for 27 years before retiring in 1982.
Steven found great joy in being a Scout leader and was an excellent bowler. He was a member of the Polka Dot Club of Dickson City, and he and his wife enjoyed many polka weekends around the region with friends. He was an avid fisherman and taught the sport to his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling, seeing much of the country with his wife.
Steven was preceded in death by his brothers, John Kepics, West Pittston, and infant Frank.
In addition to his wife, Steven is survived by his three children and two grandchildren: his daughter, Patricia Thiele and her husband, Karl Thiele, Wapwallopen; sons, William, Plains Township, and Frank and his wife, Jane, and their children, Christopher and Rachel Kepics, Eagleville, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Edythe Kepics, West Pittston, and Lillian Stahurski, Columbus, Ohio.
The family thanks the many people who provided care, compassion and support to Steven, for without that we would not have had him with us these many years. Special thanks to Drs. Maloney, Chittalia and Belikova; nurses, Joanie, Denise and Charlie; Associated Family Care Services, Personal Care Services and especially the 4 East Wing of the VA Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Holy Assumption of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Very Rev. James Hayer, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas. Relatives and friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township. A Parastas service will be held at 4 p.m.