Just recently, he had chosen to visit his sister, Geraldine McDaniel, in Tulsa, Okla., and his grandson and their families in Flagstaff, Ariz., one last time.
He knew his time was close and made this effort with great courage and determination as an expression of his love for his family.
He was born on May 20, 1922, the son of Artie and Anola (Johnson) Schepper, on Alabama St., Brazil, and lived the great majority of his life there.
He was a graduate of the Brazil High School class of 1941.
After Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Army in the spring of 1942 and served as a medic, where he worked closely with surgeons to repair GI's injured jaws and teeth. He was a veteran of the Normandy Campaign, serving at the Battle of the Bulge and many others.
He returned from Europe in December of 1945, and, having become a highly regarded dental technician, went to work for Drs. Pell, Phillips and Dennany until his retirement in 1990.
On Jan. 20, 1947, he married Thelma (Jones) Schepper and nurtured a warm and loving marriage for more than 60 years.
In his retirement he loved carpentry, making wooden wagons and other toys for his grandchildren. He loved drawing and teaching his beloved dog Pepe new tricks and enjoyed the simple laugh of a good joke. He loved traveling to new placed, where he could take in new and beautiful scenery. Most of all, he loved to sing and will be remembered for his rich tenor voice, entertaining his wife as he sang in the shower each day. He regularly sang for those at the Brazil Senior Citizens Center, as well as many local restaurants, even regularly singing at the Clay County Courthouse on Veterans Day.
He will be remembered too for his great abundance of kindness, his sense of fairness and justice, his personal dignity and self-respect, and most of all, for his wonderful, loving sense of humor and constant devotion to his family.
He is survived by his wife Thelma; his daughter Brenda Whitesell and husband Ken; son Gary and wife Ann; grandsons and granddaughters Chris Schepper, Peter Schepper and wife Bernadette, Brent Schepper and wife Angela, Ryan Whitesell, Dedra Fuller and husband Tom, John Whitesell and wife Joany, Todd Whitesell and wife Maidy, and Brad, Cody, and Anola Whitesell; great-granddaughters Madeline and Olivia Schepper, great-granddaughter Rachel Fuller, sister Geraldine McDaniel, brother Alva Schepper and wife Nadine, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will take place at Traditions in Brazil from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007. Food will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations to honor his life are suggested to be sent to the Brazil Senior Center, care of Riddell National Bank, or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd. St., New York, N.Y., 10016.
The family wishes to thank Fresenius dialysis center in Terre Haute and the Roudebush Veterans Hospital for all the compassionate care they provided Wayne over the years.