Joseph U. “Bill” Hepler, 96, a resident of Morgan City, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Teche Regional Medical Center.
Bill was born on Jan. 12, 1917, in Biloxi, Miss., the son of Roy and Odell Creel Hepler.
Bill loved spending time with his family but especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II serving time during the Pacific Campaign.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by two sons, Joseph R. Hepler and wife, Julia, of Morgan City and John Hepler of Lafayette; one son-in-law, George Percle of Morgan City; three grandchildren, Michael Hepler and wife, Shanna, of Morgan City, LeeAnn Hepler of Patterson, and William Hepler and wife, Laura Ashley, of Austin, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Seth Joseph Hepler and Zoe Rose Hepler; one brother, Ronnie Hepler and wife, Sally, of Rock Springs, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Hepler and Odell Creel Hepler; his wife, Rose Vaccarella Hepler; one daughter, Rose Marie Percle; one brother, Warren Hepler; and one sister, Florice Besse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until the time of Mass Tuesday at the church. Bill will be laid to rest in Morgan City Cemetery with military honors provided by the East St. Mary Veterans Funeral Squad.