|John H. Hepler|
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|Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:09|
John H. Hepler, Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theater, Bowling Green State University.
John Hepler died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Seaford, Delaware.
Mr. Hepler was born in Urbana, Ohio, in 1922. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for three years and then enlisted in the Army in 1942. He served in the Rhineland Central European Theater with the 14th Armored Division, 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion. The 14th Armored Division became known as the The Liberators because they located and freed dozens of concentration and prisoner of war camps. During his three and a half years of service in he was awarded three Bronze Stars and was honorably discharged as First Sergeant. He then returned to Ohio Wesleyan to complete his undergraduate studies and went on to earn a Master's degree there in speech and theater.
Mr. Hepler was Scenic Designer and Technical Director of Theatre at Bowling Green State University from 1949 to 1977. During that time, he was also the lighting designer and technical advisor for The Swan Club at BGSU. From 1951 to 1977 he was Scenic Designer, Technical Director and Associate Managing Director of The Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio. During those years, the Playhouse was a summer program of BGSU. In addition to his duties as Designer and Technical Director, he also directed and acted in a number of the productions at the Playhouse. He was loved and admired by his students and kept in touch with many of them over the years. Some went on to distinguished careers as scenic designers and actors in Hollywood and television.
After he retired, he was named Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theater by the University.
He and his wife Jan moved to Evergreen, CO, where they raised and showed Irish Setters and Gordon Setters throughout the Southwest. When his wife, Jan, became ill, they moved to Seaford in 2003 to be nearer to their daughter, Kathie Hepler, who lives in Washington, D.C., and also has a home in Georgetown, DE.
Mr. Hepler cared for his wife at home until her death in 2008.
He was an inspired teacher, fine artist and draftsman, kind and gentle friend, dedicated and loving father and husband.
He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Rich Field; three grandchildren: Michael Bachman, John Hepler and Holly Hepler; three great-grandchildren: Emma Hepler, Abby Bachman, Josie Bachman; his brother Clay Hepler and two nieces and a nephew: Carol, Lynn and Clay Jr.
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