Jake Tepley - October 22, 2011
?Jake Frank Tepley, 96, of Elsie, Neb., passed away Nov. 22, 2011, at Grant, Neb.
?Jake was born May 9, 1915, to Jack Frank Tepley and Mary Carolyn Vasabal Tepley at their home north of Wauneta, Neb. He was baptized into the Catholic faith in June of 1915. He attended country school north of his home on the “Stinkin Water Creek.”
?Jake enlisted in the Army on July 9, 1941, and was stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif. There he was given the privilege of driving the comedian Red Skelton around the base. His Army company left California by ship and was told en route that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. The Captain gave the order for “the ship to be painted black and they were going through Pearl Harbor.” He was sent to Melbourne, Australia, in Army Artillery and then sent to New Guinea to fight in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. He was honorably discharged Dec. 19, 1944. Jake was a member of the American Legion for 62 years.
?Returning home from the Army he married Lillian Wicke on Oct. 10, 1945. Jake and Lillian celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last fall.
?Jake was an avid coyote hunter and raised greyhounds his entire life. In his younger years he hunted coyotes on horseback before vehicles were used. He used his dogs for both hunting and racing and had many trophies to show for his talents. He loved both playing and coaching softball for many years. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities. Jake and Lillian also enjoyed polka dances with many of their friends, traveling to Kansas and Eastern Nebraska. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta.
?Jake and Lillian moved to Westview at Grant, Neb., in January 2008, then moved to Golden Ours Nursing Home in Grant in January 2010.
?Jake was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Wilbur Tepley and Leonard Tepley; and three sisters: Mae Graham, Eva Ambrosek and Anna Cooper.
?He leaves to mourn: his wife, Lillian; daughter, Mary Ann and husband Bruce Fulk of Wallace, Neb.; granddaughters, Stacy and husband Ryan Kuhlman of Wallace, Neb., and Brenda Christensen of North Platte, Neb.; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Christensen of North Platte, Neb., and Dylan and Skyler Kuhlman of Wallace, Neb.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Nov. 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta, Neb., with Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Janet Stuckwisch.
Casketbearers were Tyler Christensen, Ryan Kuhlman, Dylan Kuhlman, Robert Ambrosek, Monte Cooper, Ron Rousey and Clark Brown.
Honorary casketbearers were David Teply, Marvin Rousey, Dick Goucher, Donald O’Neil and Gene Carter.
Military rites were provided by Wauneta American Legion Post 304.
Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.
?A memorial has been established to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.