Curtis W. Shepler Jr., 73, of Wadsworth took his final rest on earth in the arms of his Savior and Lord, Saturday March 16, 2013. He was born June 3, 1939 in Temperance, MI to the late Curtis W. Sr. and Florence M. Shepler.
Curt was a graduate of Bedford High School, Temperance, MI class of 1957 and started the Bedford Class Reunion Committee, notifying graduates of upcoming reunions and started a yearly reunion in Florida. On Valentines Day 1960 he fell in love and started a wonderful family with his beloved Joan. He had a great love of God’s creation and enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening and photography. Curt enjoyed getting involved in his church and community; he served as the Cub Scout committee chairman at Grace Lutheran Church for Pack 3401 and later received the highest scouting honor an adult could receive and was given the “Wood Badge” in both the Cub and Boy Scouts. He also played a very integral part in the stained glass restoration with an emphasis on the Rose Window at Grace Lutheran. He also was head of the Sound and Video and was instrumental in getting the services broadcast on the Wadsworth Cable Channel. He served his community by serving as President of the board for Medina County Office for Older Adults, was active with the Wadsworth Senior Center and served on the Wadsworth Cable Commission. Curt retired from First Energy after 37 years of dedicated service, he began in sales and retired as a Computer Analyst which helped to start his love of computers. He also took over the Florida reunions for First Energy Retirees.
Curt is survived by his wife Joan (nee Ballard) with whom he celebrated 52 years of marriage, their children: Jennie (Greg) Armour of West Chester, OH, Curt ( Karen) Shepler of Wadsworth, grandchildren: Justin and Kayla Shepler of Wadsworth, Jon (Michelle) Armour, Ben Armour and one great grandson Franklyn Armour of West Chester. His siblings are: Sandy (Clif) Elliott of Wooster, OH, Tom (Nancy) Shepler of Pensacola, FL, Kathy (Todd) Brown of Genoa, OH, and Jack (Charma) Shepler of Pensacola, FL. There are numerous nieces and nephews also surviving.
The family will receive friends 1-3PM Saturday March 23 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 146 High St. Wadsworth, where a memorial service will follow at 3:00PM with The Rev. Daniel J. Cammarn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society.