George L. Kepler Sr., a retired maintenance worker and former longtime Cockeysville resident, died of complications from a stroke April 15 at York Hospital in York, Pa. He was 82.
Mr. Kepler was born in Lock Haven, Pa., and was raised in Renovo, Pa. He moved to Baltimore in 1941, and left school after the 10th grade to become an apprentice machinist at Black & Decker Corp. in Towson.
He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was given a medical discharge after being injured during basic training.
He later worked for Bendix Radio and the Koppers Co. before taking a job with Crest Contracting Co. in Cockeysville. After retiring in the early 1990s, he worked for several years as a maintenance worker for Jefferson Borough, Pa.
Since 1989, Mr. Kepler had lived in Spring Grove, Pa., where he enjoyed working around his 2-acre farm.
Mr. Kepler was a member of IAM Lodge, the Codorus Valley Historical Society, VFW Post 403 in Glen Rock, Pa., and the National Rifle Association.
He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Cordorus, Pa., where services were held Friday.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Gladys J. Stout; three sons, George L. Kepler Jr. of Severna Park, Reid Kepler of Perry Hall and David Kepler of New Freedom, Pa.; three daughters, Joyce Moore of Jefferson, Pa., Susan Filbey of Belcamp and Diane Sheridan of Lancing, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.