Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

October 2, 2013

R. LaVern Knepper

R. LaVern Knepper, 85, of Wheeler, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services celebrating LaVern’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Central Christian Church, Newton, with his son, Mike Knepper, officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park, Newton, with full military rites by the Jasper Post 20 American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 2, at Central Christian Church, Newton. In loving memory of LaVern, memorials may be made to Central Christian Church or Tractor Pullers for Christ. Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.

Raymond LaVern Knepper was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Charleston, the son of Raymond Henry and Anna Leolene (Howell) Knepper. He married Georgia Stewart on Sept. 22, 1951, and she survives.

LaVern served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer. LaVern was a member of the Central Christian Church. He was a Charter Member of the Illinois Tractor Puller Association, member of the National Tractor Pullers Association and the Hoosier State Tractor Pullers Association. LaVern served on the Muddy School Board for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, tractor pulling, mushroom hunting and his dogs.

LaVern is survived by his wife of 62 years, Georgia Knepper of Newton; children, Debbie (Ray) Diel of Newton, Patty MacEachron of Champaign, and Mike (Vickie) Knepper of Newton; grandchildren, Sarah (Cliff) Kinkade of Newton, Michelle (Jason) Fulton of Newton, Rebekah (fiance, Monty Nester) Diel of Newton, Alison MacEachron of Chicago, Mariah (Joey) Eblin of Mt. Carmel, Charlie (Ashley) Workman of Louisville, Heather (Tyler) Mulany of Louisville, Caleb Knepper of Orlando, Fla., Vanessa (Tyrunne) Howard of Effingham, and Elijah Knepper of Newton; 13 great-grandchildren; and Dolly, his faithful companion and dog.

LaVern was preceded in death by his parents and a child.

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