Wayne L. Hepler

Born: Mon., Sep. 20, 1943
Died: Sat., Feb. 23, 2013


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 01, 2013
Location: Knight-Confer Funeral Home, Inc.

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 02, 2013
Location: St. John's Newberry United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 02, 2013
Location: St. John's Newberry United Methodist Church

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     Rev. Dr. Wayne Leroy Hepler, 69, of 2006 Ridgecrest Circle, Montoursville, died Saturday, February, 23, 2013 at his home with his family at his side.
     Wayne and his wife, the former Connie L. Beach, observed their 47th wedding anniversary on September 18, 2012.
     Wayne was an Air Force veteran serving from 1963 to 1967 in the Strategic Air Command stationed at Minot AFB, North Dakota, leaving as a staff sergeant.
     Wayne was a 1961 graduate of the Williamsport High School, earned an Associate’s Degree in Business from the former Williamsport Area Community College, Bachelor of Science Degree in sociology from Lock Haven University in 1988, Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana in 1993, Doctorate of Ministry Degree with high distinction also from Trinity Theological Seminary in 1996. He became an Associate Member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference in 1994, becoming an ordained deacon and in 1998 he took the Wesley Advance Course of Studies in Washington DC, becoming an ordained elder.
     Wayne was a member of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. After responding to the call of Ministry he retired from the former Bethlehem Steel Corp with 20 years of service before entering into the ministry. He was a United Methodist Minister for the Susquehanna Conference, Williamsport District, retiring in June 2005. During his ministry, Wayne pastored at the Linden Charge, including the churches of, Pine Run, Linden and St. John’s Chapel then was transferred to the Lycoming Parish, including the churches of, Maple Springs, State Road and Quiggleville, from where he retired.
     Wayne was the visitation pastor for St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, conducted numerous bible studies and started the Service of Healing Prayer. He was also currently co-pastor at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church until answering the call to come home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ.
     Wayne enjoyed hunting, golfing, woodworking, making furniture, former Sunday school, a former church camp counselor at Central Oak Heights, Lewisburg, former member of the local Board of Ordained Ministry, member of the NRA, was an avid reader, former little league coach when his sons played. He was also a member of John F. Laedlein Lodge 707, F. & A.M. and was a 32nd degree Mason. He loved his grandchildren and going to their sporting events, musical programs, and any other activities that they were involved in.
     Born September 20, 1943 in Williamsport, he was a son of Donald T. and Freda L. (Mitcheltree) Hepler.
     Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Wayne D. (Shirlene) of York, Mark R. (Lisa) of Williamsport and Christopher M. (Shelly) of Montoursville; sisters, Gayle M. (Jeff) Thornton of Atlanta, GA and Cheryl (John) Cline of Levittown; grandchildren, Jessica, Jamie, Kaden, Keara, Kambrie, Brennan and Brock; step granddaughter, Tasha (Jared) Lehman; step grandson, Heath Cipriani and a step great grandson, Emerson Lehman.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry Street, with the Rev. Jay E. Jones, the Rev. Dr. David A. Keller and District Superintendent Beth E. Jones officiating. There will be a visitation Friday night at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in State Road Cemetery.
     In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in Wayne’s name may be made to St. John’s - Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
     Wayne’s family would like to thank Dr. Warren Robinson and his staff, the staff at the Veterans Hospital in Wilkes-Barre and the nurses with the Susquehanna Health Regional Hospice for their assistance in his care.

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Lawrence R. Kuhns
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
I am blessed to have had Wayne as my Pastor, my minster of my wedding and my daughter's wedding while he minstered at the Linden Untied Methodist Church. I will always have in my prayers Wayne his lovely wife and family.

Keith and Kathy Aunkst
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Dear Connie and family,

So very sorry for your loss, a loss that is shared by those of us who had the great pleasure to know Wayne. He was a wonderful man who has been a strength and inspiration to so many. Our great loss is certainly Heaven's gain and in the words of his final hymn at Pine Run "Here I Am Lord" he securely held the Lord's people in his heart. He will be greatly missed.

Keith, Kathy and boys

Eric and Marguerite Wolfgang
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Dearest Mark and Lisa, you were two very special people in Waynes' life and will always be. We are so sorry for your lose. Try and remember all the times that Wayne put sparkles in your eyes. You both will realize that you have been so lucky spending the last two months with Wayne and letting him know that he was loved by you both. We send our greatest love and prayers to you and the entire Hepler family. Another angel got his wings.

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