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Harry E. “Skip” Hepler, 88, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, June 11, 2019. He was born September, 2 1930, in New Kensington to the late Wesley Wayne and Belva Booth Rorabaugh Hepler.
Skip was a 1948 graduate of Hershey Industrial School, now Milton Hershey School, where he lettered in all three sports, football, baseball, and basketball, all three years. A troubleshooter for Bell Telephone Company, he began working in 1948 and retired in 1988. He was in the engineering department and finished up as a manger at several of Bell Telephone’s locations. Skip was also a longtime baseball coach of the New-Ken Little League. Mr. Hepler was instrumental in the formation of the First Baptist Church of Upper Burrell Township, and also was an Elder and Deacon of the First Baptist Church in New Kensington. Lately, he was attending the Harvest Baptist Church. He enjoyed family, church, and walking, and was both a gentle man, and a gentleman.
Skip is survived by his beloved wife of 18 years, Marjorie B. Powell Arnold Hepler; Sons, Edward L. (Eileen) Hepler, W. Todd (Claudia) Hepler, and David B. (Kristin) Hepler; grandchildren, Natalie, Nathaniel, Abbe, Gretel, Hollie, Zachary, Kylie, Jeremy, and Cole; great-grandchildren, Vivian, Becker, Claire, Declan, Trinity, Myles, Finn, Calvin, Henry, Easton, and Brekken; step children, Debra Vonne (John Buka) Claypoole and William K. (Lois) Arnold; step grandchildren, Mindy, Casey, and Jason; step great-grandchildren, Adam, Gianna, Isaac, Audrey, Annabelle, and Grayson; and half sister, Belva Katherine Morgan.
In addition to his parents, his first wife, Wanda L. Bevan Hepler; brother, Wayne Hepler; and grandson, Jordan A. Hepler, preceded him in death.
Viewing will be Saturday, June 15 from 6-8 PM, and Sunday, June 16 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a funeral service will be held on Monday, June 17 at 10 AM. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Leave an online condolence at www.rossgwalker.com.