Irvin P. Keplinger Jr., 39, owner of auto repair shop


Irvin P. Keplinger Jr., founder and owner of a Baltimore County automobile body repair shop, died Monday of undetermined causes at the home of a friend in Monkton. He was 39 and resided in Perry Hall.

Mr. Keplinger was born in Baltimore and raised in the Jacksonville section of Baltimore County. He attended Baltimore County public schools.

"After leaving school, he worked as a farmhand on a horse farm," said a sister, Deborah Niels of Phoenix. "He loved animals. He later worked for a landscaper. He always liked being able to work outside."

In 1993, Mr. Keplinger established Irv's Body Works in Monkton, where he specialized in Volvos.

"He was a very quiet guy who was slow and meticulous in his work," Mrs. Niels said. "He was an absolute perfectionist. If something wasn't just right, he'd take it apart and do the job all over again."

Mr. Keplinger enjoyed hiking in the woods and listening to classic rock. He also liked entertaining and barbecuing steaks and chicken for family and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Mr. Keplinger also is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Emily Mueller; his daughter, Kayla Faith Keplinger, 10; his parents, Irvin P. Keplinger Sr. and Trudy Keplinger of Phoenix; three brothers, Lawrence Keplinger of South Hampton, Pa., Randal Keplinger of Bel Air and Daniel Keplinger of Hampstead; and another sister, Victoria Bailey of New Freedom, Pa. A son, Sebastian Reed Keplinger, died in 1992. His marriage to the former Shonda Dunn ended in divorce.

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