Franz " Skip " Keppler

Born: Mon., Feb. 16, 1931
Died: Fri., Mar. 2, 2018


Celebration of Life will be held at a later date


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Captain Franz (Skip) Keppler, 87, formerly of Alpine Lake West Virginia, passed away peacefully March 2, 2018 in Monroeville, PA.  He was born February 16,1931 in Watertown, Wisconsin.  Son of the late Franz William and Edna Behnke Keppler.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Madelyn Milner Keppler (married 1952), his second wife Lissa Derry Keppler (married 1992), a daughter Erika Catherine Godwin and a son Douglas Glenn Keppler.  Skip is survived by a daughter, Diane (Barry) Zentner of Murrysville, PA, a son Scott (Sue) Keppler of Anaheim, California, 3 grandsons, Brian Zentner, Joel Zentner, Dustin (Jess) Keppler, 1 granddaughter, Alicia Christine Keppler, 1 great granddaughter, Scarlett Victoria Keppler, 2 sisters, Gail Mack and Ann Keppler both from Colorado Springs, CO, a brother, John Keppler from Laredo, Texas and 7 nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by 2 stepsons, John (Jana) Gelm, Jeff (Amy) Gelm and 3 step grandsons.  Captain Keppler became a licensed pilot at 16 years of age.  He was a flight instructor for the United States Air Force, followed by a 30 year career as a pilot with USAir until retirement in 1991.  He loved the outdoors, enjoyed hunting, fishing, running, hiking, skiing, gardening, animals and meeting new people.  He lived his life to the fullest, was generous, caring and loved by everyone.  A memorial service and celebration of life will be performed at Alpine Lake on a future date.  Memorial gifts can be made to St. Labre Indian School , PO Box 216, Ashland, Montana or Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 1763, Greensburg, PA 15601.

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Dick Ednock
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
I have lost a dear friend. I miss the daily walks opining on how to solve the World'S
problems. The friendship. Skip's good nature. If you needed help, there he was. Dear friend I'm going to miss you greatly.

Donna and Steve Stevenson
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
Just read the sad news of Skips passing in the Preston County News. He was a grand gentleman and a very good friend of Donna and myself here at Alpine Lake, as well as with numerous fellow residents here in this community. He will always be remembered with love and respect.

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