Died- February 7, 2013
Paul W. "Butch" Hepler Sr., 85, formerly of Gowen City, and for the last three years of Enola, passed away Thursday.
Born in Helfenstein, June 7, 1927, he was a son of the late Paul Q. and Jennie Kramer Hepler.
He was a veteran of World War II serving with the Navy.
Paul will be remembered as a hard worker. He was a coal miner, construction worker doing road construction and was employed as a factory worker. His last place of employment was the former D and E Associates, Shamokin, where he worked until age 80.
Paul was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Helfenstein.
A proud veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Post 575, Valley View, the VFW Post 7654, Ashland, the AMVETS formerly of Lavelle, the Charles R. Ware Association, New York and the Navy Club, Minersville. He also belonged to the Ashland Lodge No. 294 F&AM and was a life member of both the Shamokin Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge of Sunbury. He was also a life member of the East Cameron Township Fire Company, Gowen City, and Independence Fire Company, Shamokin.
He enjoyed gardening, bowling and traveling to the mountains and shore.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Buscavage; a grandson, Nicholas Girolami; a brother, Lamar Hepler; and a sister, Mary Artman.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kay Thomas Hepler, married Aug. 21, 1965; four children, Sabrina Girolami and her husband, Joseph, Paxinos, Paula Kay Pittenger and her husband, Stephen, Enola, Marjorie Hepler, Philadelphia, and Paul W. Hepler Jr., Montgomery;a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Marron, Virginia; a granddaughter, Shala Girolami, New York; two sisters, Martha Rutledge, Alabama and Rosaline Klauger and her husband, Edward, Helfenstein; as well as nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, 1133 Ridge Road, Klingerstown, where the funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Schlegel officiating. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Indian Town Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or Christ UCC Church Helfenstein, c/o Edward Klauger, 890 High Road, Ashland, PA 17921. To sign the online guest book please visit www.srrfh.com
Published in Republican & Herald on February 10, 2013, Sunday