Michael James "Low Rent" Kreppel

  • "You were my brother, father, mentor and best friend all..."
    - Penny Thill
  • "Feeling nostalgic about old times in Tucson, Googled..."
    - Honey Brashear
  • "Dearest Michael, You've been in my life for 42 years and..."
    - Marla
  • "Always kind, always generous, always thinking of others. I..."
    - Karen (John) Holton
  • "Michael, You truly were a one of a kind "Low Rent" person..."

Michael James Kreppel "Low Rent" 7/20/1948 - 11/18/2015 Mike was born in Sidney, NY, July 20, 1948 and moved to Tucson with his family when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Tucson High School in 1966 and the University of Arizona in 1970. His first job was at Hughes Tool, which he left for the construction industry at MJ Lang Construction. There he met his longtime business partner, Mike Gard. They formed Fast Fab Erectors, specializing in metal buildings and putting up commercial structures in the Tucson-area and throughout the Southwest. Mike was a motorcycling, beer drinking and flying enthusiast. His brother and several of his friends recently helped him complete the restoration of his family's 1926 International Harvester truck. Mike made many friends through his 40-year construction career and motorcycling. Nearly every fall since the mid-1970s they rode to the high country of New Mexico for a few days of two-lane roads, diners, bars and stories. It was one of his motorcycle buddies who tagged him with his nickname, "Low Rent," in honor of his hilariously frugal nature. His love of motorcycling took him and his Moto Guzzi to Europe in 1982, where he made many friends in Germany who have stayed in touch and visited one another ever since. Mike rebuilt an early 1920s "miner's shack" in Bisbee, his second home and another place to make friends and help others. He was a generous man, contributing to many local causes, both with cash and his construction skills. He worked hard, and played hard, and hardly a day went by without a pronouncement that this, too, was "just another day in paradise." Mike is survived by his mother, Jean Kreppel, of Tucson; brother, Ron (Lori) Kreppel of Pinetop; sister, Karen DeLay, of Grass Valley, Calif.; daughter, Rachelle Hornby and two grandsons; beloved ex-wife, Marla Endicott of Tucson and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ed, and brother-in-law, Chuck DeLay. His request was that any gifts in remembrance go to the Reid Park Zoological Society for animal enrichment. By the way, he'd probably tell you to get a colonoscopy, too. Rest in peace, Mike. You were one of the truly good guys. There will be a celebration in honor of Michael's life at a later date.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 29, 2015