William Koepper, 83, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. He was a resident of Franklin.
He was born May 14, 1931, in Medora, to the late John Koepper and Ruth (Turney) Koepper.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; sons, David Koepper (Janet) and Kevin Koepper (Lynn); grandson, Patrick Koepper (Megan); granddaughter, Lynne Koepper; nephew, John Hughes (Sue); and niece, Patricia Jones (Randy).
He was preceded in death by brother, James Koepper; and sister, Vera Mae Hughes.
Bill helped care for egg-laying chickens on the family farm before joining the U.S. Navy. He served during the Korean War as a baker on a destroyer, USS Dashiell.
He later worked in Franklin as a barber, in Columbus, at Camp Atterbury testing munitions, and in maintenance at the Norplex and Kawneer factories in Franklin.
He loved sports.
He was on the Medora Hornets basketball team from 1947 to 1949. He loved fishing and spent winters in Okeechobee, Florida, where he fished the “Big Lake.”
He loved gardening and worked tirelessly tending vegetables and flowers at his home in the country and later at the Franklin United Methodist Community, where he lived. He liked to be busy and always had a project going with work in the garden or in the house or was watching sports.
He loved his companionship with his dog, Jake.
There will be no funeral, but a memorial is planned at a later date.
Flinn & Maguire Funeral in Franklin is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at flinnmaguire.net.