James E. Keppler

Born: 09/03/1930 Passed:

James E. Keppler, 89 of Independence, Ohio passed away peacefully February 22, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born September 3, 1930 in Cleveland to the late Louis and Eleanor (Halligan) Keppler. A lifelong resident of Independence, Jim spent his career as a member of Cleveland IBEW Local 38. The ultimate handyman and master craftsman, he enjoyed many athletic pursuits, such as speed skating, cycling, tennis, bowling and was a passionate model airplane builder. The French River, Ontario was his “happy place”, where he enjoyed over 60 years of fishing with his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, June; daughters June (Pete) Getzinger, Patricia and Kim (Gordon) Repp; sister Eleanor Dougher and grandchildren Greg, Gordon, Aspyn, Graham, Lauryn and Cheyne.

In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by brothers Louis and Tom, and sister Ruth Leahy.

Our family would like to sincerely thank the Crossroads Hospice team for their loving support and assistance. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jim’s memory to the Salvation Army, (www.salvationarmy.org).

A service Celebrating Jim’s life will be held Saturday, February 29th at 10:00 am at Kent State Neuman Center, Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 1424 Horning Road, Kent, Ohio. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the chapel. Condolences can be shared with his family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com.

Heritage Cremation Society


7 Tributes to James E. Keppler

  1. Hilde and Gerry Dougher says:

    Dear June, we were sorry to see Jim had passed away. Gerry met him when they were 11yrs old and they became good friends. Our condolences to you and the girls.

    • KIMBERLY McVicker says:

      Kim and Family,
      We are so sorry on the loss of your father. May many fond memories help you through the days ahead. Our deepest sympathies.
      Love, Mark and Kim McVicker and family.

  2. Warren Tucky (Brookside - Parma Speed Skating) says:

    June, I’m very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I’ll always remember his kindness and guidance during our speed skating years. All my best to you and your family.

  3. Catherine Daniels says:

    Kim and family: I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He sounds like such a wonderful man and father. I am thinking of you and your family.

  4. Dennis Marquard says:

    June, Sorry to hear about Jim’s passing he was a great speed skating coach and great man working with skaters at both Brookside Parma and Brooklyn skating rinks. I missed Jim’s celebration of life as we had our state speeding skating championships on Saturday at Cleveland Hts. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  5. Katie Marquard says:

    Dear Kim,
    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I hope you can remember all the wonderful memories you have of him during this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Thinking of you, Katie

  6. The Barkate Family says:

    Dear Kim and Family,
    We are so sorry about your loss. We hope your faith and happy memories of a life well lived bring you all some comfort. We are sending you lots of love and prayers…The Barkate Family

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