Elson A. "Al" Lepley, age 93, of Atwater, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 with his family by his side. Mr. Lepley was born on June 26, 1920, in Barberton, Ohio the son of Peter and Edna (Snyder) Lepley.
Mr. Lepley was married to Abbie N. (Harrelson) Lepley for 49 years. He was a World War ll Veteran of the United States Army and he served as a technician of Battery B 43rd Coast Artillery Battalion. His campaigns in the service were Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea. He received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, with two Bronze Stars for the Good Conduct Medal and the World War ll Victory Medal.
He moved to Atwater, Oh, in 1958 and enjoyed many years of farming and raising pigs. He was a heavy equipment operator and a very proud member of Local 18 Operating Engineers for over fifty years. He retired in 1985 from Beaver Excavating.
Even though he retired, he never quit working until the day he passed. He loved operating equipment and was always there to help his grandsons, Mike and Scott, on the farm and in their businesses. He enjoyed cooking, watching the Cleveland Indians and watching his grandchildren compete in sports and 4H competitions at the Portage County Fair.
He was an avid coon hunter for many years and a member of the Portage County Coon Hunters Association, and also served as a president during his membership. He rode his four-wheeler regularly and lived his life to the fullest. He was always up for new adventures and just this past year went zip lining 120 feet in the air in the Hocking Hills area. If he did not have something to do it seemed he would break a piece of equipment just so he would have something to work on. He loved life and loved his family.
Survivors include daughters: Barbara Lynn of Atwater, Geraldine Lepley of Akron, Deborah and Janet Lepley, both of Columbus. His sister: Norma Kendle, of Canton and grandchildren: Michael and Barb Lynn, Scott and Tiffany Lynn, Robert and Lisa Holdt, all of Atwater. Great grandchildren: Robbie and Rebecca Taylor, Logan, Lauren, Kayla, and Kamryn Lynn, Ryan Mateja and Great grandson: Andrew Roth.
He will be greatly missed by his good friend: Lisa Conley of Randolph, many nieces and nephews and his devoted pet dog, Toby.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Abbie, his parents, brother: Edwin Lepley, sisters: Fern Matters and Elna Eckman, and great grandchildren: Taylor Ann and Preston Scott Lynn. He was also preceded by many cherished champion coon dogs and work draft horses.
He made sure that as a family we never went without. He has taught all of us that nothing comes easy and you have to work for everything in life. He was a man of his word and when he spoke you listened. We thank him for everything he has done for us over the years. We have lost a father, brother, grandfather and great human being. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends, and the great memories he created with all of us will remain in our thoughts forever.
Friends will be received from 5 - 7 pm, Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio, where services will be held at 7:00 pm.
The family would like to express their thanks to Summa Health Care and Akron City Hospital's Intensive Care and Palliative Care Teams.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his name to their favorite charity.
Condolences and memories may be shared at wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 3-10-14)