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Richard “Keppy” Kepplinger

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 9:47 a.m. CST

GARDNER, Ill — Mr. Richard “Keppy” Kepplinger, 65, of Gardner, Ill., passed away April 2, 2013, at Morris Hospital.

Born Aug. 4, 1947, in Morris, Richard was the son of Milton and Iola Mathisen-Kepplinger. He was raised in Gardner, and graduated from Gardner-South Wilmington High School with the Class of 1965. He received an associate’s degree from Mt. Olivet in Kankakee.

Richard and Donna were married Feb. 6, 1976, and lived their entire married life in Gardner.

Richard was employed by RR Donnelley in Dwight for over 40 years, until retirement on Aug. 31, 2010. He was an active member of The Church of Hope Presbyterian Church in Gardner.

In Richard’s free time, he enjoyed many outdoor activities, including gardening and caring for animals. He was a diehard White Sox fan. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and socializing with many friends. His dearest of all pleasures was playing with and watching his grandchildren in sports.

Survivors include his wife, Donna M. Kepplinger; three children, Shawna (Shane) Cuddy of Coal City, Ill., Kristi (Douglas) Phillips of South Wilmington, Ill., and Kevin Kepplinger of Hersher, Ill.; six grandchildren, Layne Cuddy, Lance Cuddy, Landyn Phillips, Grady Phillips, Keaton Phillips and Victoria Kepplinger.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at The Church of Hope Presbyterian Church, 202 North Monroe, Gardner. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in The Church of Hope, with Pastor Janet M. Chandler officiating.

Private family inurnment will take place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Dwight.

Shane Cuddy, Douglas Phillips, Rick Emanuelson, Michael Joyce, Vicki Harvey and Michael Shifflet will act as pallbearers. Richard’s grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Richard’s memory to the family for distribution to charity’s of their choosing.

Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd. in Gardner.

For additional information, call (815) 237-2526.

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