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Edward O. Hepner, 72, died Saturday, July 8, at his home following a five-year battle with cancer.
He was born May 2, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio to John H. and E. Mildred (Stebbins) Hepner.
On April 3, 1971, he married Linda S. Phebus in Goshen.
She survives along with four daughters, Leslie (Jeff) Tinsley, Goshen, Joan (Tim) Focht, Queens Creek, Arizona, Christy Hepner, Atenas, Costa Rica, and Natalie (Jason) Miller, Goshen; two sons, Carlton (Eva) Hepner, Tampa, Florida, and Nathaniel (Lindsey) Hepner, New Paris; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Catharine (Charles) Slack, Lexington, Kentucky; and a brother, John (Kathleen) Hepner Jr., Farmersville, Ohio.
Edward was a 1963 graduate of Lanier High School in Ohio. Following graduation, he served two years in the Peace Corps in India. He returned home and earned degrees from Manchester College in 1969 and United Theological Seminary in 1972.
He worked at Forest River for 32 years, retiring in 2015.
Always active in his church communities, Ed was a previous member of Believer's Fellowship and Zion Chapel, and was currently attending Journey Worship Center, Goshen.
Ed was a leader with the 4-H Poultry Club and coached Little League baseball and softball in Millersburg. He enjoyed time with family, bird watching, and his most current hobby, raising worms.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. A 10 a.m. funeral service will be conducted Friday, July 14, also at the funeral home. Pastors Vic Hildebrand and Julian Bontrager will officiate.
Burial will follow at West Goshen Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Goshen Home Care and Hospice or Globe International, the mission organization his daughter Christy is working with.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 9, 2017
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