Gail Ray Hepler

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October 14, 2022 ~ February 4, 1946

Gail Hepler, 76, Brandon, SD, died at his home on Friday, October 14, 2022.

No services are planned at this time.

Gail Ray Hepler was born in Bridgewater, IA on February 4, 1946. He was the son of Stuart and Zola (Reed) Hepler. He attended school in Massena and graduated with the class of 1964. He worked in Massena for a number of years, before purchasing the bar and then the grocery store in Fontanelle, then working in Winterset.

Gail and Claudia were united in marriage on September 18, 1971, in Bridgewater, IA, at the United Methodist Church, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2021. They were blessed with one daughter, Megan, in 1983.

Before retiring in 2014, he worked as a custodian at the Nodaway Valley High School. In April 2015, Gail and Claudia moved to Brandon, SD, to be near their daughter, Megan, and her family.

Gail was a loyal husband, dad, and friend. He loved being a grandpa. He enjoyed playing pinochle with family and friends. He also enjoyed keeping in contact with his nieces and nephews.

Gail will be deeply missed by his wife, Claudia Hepler, Brandon; daughter, Megan (Jerrid) Van Sloten, Brandon; grandchildren, Annabelle, Jerrid Jr, Madilynn, and Emilee; sisters-in-law, Nancy Hepler, and Karen Dant; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Gail was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and Zola (Reed) Hepler (Clark); two brothers, Ted Hepler, and Terry Hepler; grandparents, Stuart and Lena Hepler and Burton and Alma Reed; and parents-in-law, Walter “Sonny” and Lois (Gipple) Anderson.

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  • Deana Dukes says:

    My sister and I always enjoyed talking to Gail whenever we seen him when he lived in Fontanelle, I was saddened to hear of his passing.

  • Tim Sickels says:

    That’s a great picture. He always had a smile. Condolences.

  • Rose Holste says:

    So so sorry to hear this. Gail was an amazing guy- kind and caring. I loved his wit and sarcasm. He was so proud of his daughter, Megan, and the grandkids. Gail was janitor in the elementary where our daughter teaches. She really appreciated his cheerfulness and his meticulous and thorough cleaning. He will be remembered in Massena for sure.

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