Willard “Bill” Hepler, 81, died unexpectedly of natural causes Monday at 9:40 a.m. at his residence.
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 Corporation in 1993, where he had worked for more than 30 years. He served in the United States Army and was 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.
Bill is survived by his sisters, Ruth (Merlin) Yoder, and Donnabelle (Edward) Monhaut, both of Nappanee; brothers, Eldon Hepler of Jacksonville, Fla., Allen (Marge) Hepler of South Bend, Richard (Marlene) Hepler of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Russell (Ardala) Hepler of LaGrange; 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 Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at 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. Bill’s brother, the 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 given to Gideon’s International or to an agency of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.tlyfh.com.