1245 Somonauk St
Sycamore, IL 60178
Born: Wednesday, January 9, 1929
Passed: Saturday, January 28, 2017
2/2/2017 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Quiram Sycamore Chapel
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Darold E. Hepker, 88, died peacefully in his sleep, at home, on January 28th, 2017.
An adventurer, world traveler, all around sportsman, a lover of spirited conversation, limericks, poetry and National Geographic magazine. He will be fondly remembered as the author of his life story, "Me and More", and will be greatly missed.
He was born in his grandfather's farmhouse a mile and a half northeast of Toddville, Iowa. After his mother fell ill, he moved to live with his uncle and aunt in Barron, Wisconsin, whom he loved and respected as parents. He was cared for by them from an early age and through his teenage years. Darold grew up proud of his Oliphant heritage, which bore his love to research and chronicle his own genealogy in his later years.
His wife, Sis and he were proprietors of the Coast to Coast hardware store in Sycamore for 26 years after working in construction and building bridges in Chicago for 15 years. If you wanted to know how to fix something back in the day, you went to the hardware store, not the internet. If you needed advice on a home project, Darold would steer you in the right direction. Into retirement, he repaired screens and windows and consulted his sons on their various projects.
A member of the Lions' since 1963, a member of Elks and a friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Virginia "Sis" Hepker. He is also survived by his son Eric (Dana) of Erie, Colorado and his sons David (Lisa), Brooks (Becky) and Darrin (Theresa) all of Sycamore, Illinois. His grandchildren include Stewart, Shawn, Tira, Samantha, Alyssa and Isabella Hepker and cousins, Carol and Fred Horstman of Barnes, Wisconsin. He also leaves behind his faithful dog, Lucy.
He is preceded in death by two sons,prior to their birth, his mother, Leta Oliphant Hepker, his grandparents, brother and sisters-in-law and his beloved dogs Laddie and Baron.
A visitation will be held at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL from 4-8:00 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sycamore Lions' Clu