Robert W. “Bob” Hepler, 90, of Syracuse, IN passed away at 8:57 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at his home. He was born on January 6, 1932 in Bourbon, IN to Elmer & Florence (Marquart) Hepler.
He grew up in Bourbon, graduated from Bourbon High School and was a United States Army veteran. He was married on February 13, 1960 in Warsaw, IN to Martha A. Fordyce who preceded him on October 14, 2008. He retired in 1994 from Mutschler Brothers in Nappanee, IN after 43 years as a cabinet maker. He formerly lived in the Milford / Leesburg area before moving to Syracuse.
He is survived by:
3 Daughters – Jo Hepler of Syracuse, Julie (Bruce Jones) Hepler of Syracuse, and Lori (Daniel) Schmatz of Mishawaka
7 Grandchildren – Dustin (Amber Obacz) Hepler, Cody Hepler, Jordan (Rosemary) Hepler, Jenna Schmatz, Jacob Schmatz, Collin Schiffer, and Natalie Schiffer.
4 Gt. Grandchildren – Landon Elliott, Cole Hepler, Jaydon Schiffer, and Lia’yani Moore
3 Sisters - Delores “Babe’ Hepler of Milford, Ruth Manges of Bremen, and Marilyn Shaw of Vernon, FL
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter – Bobbi Schiffer, and brother – Gary Hepler .
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022 in the funeral home with visitation 1 hour prior to services. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Milford with military honors.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60635.