Claude Epperheimer Jr.

Posted: Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Former Kenai resident Claude Epperheimer Jr. died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, in Paradise, Calif. He was 84.

Per his request services will not be held.

Mr. Epperheimer was born June 17, 1926 to Claude Epperheimer Sr. and Nancy Katherine Webster in Lawndale, Calif. He grew up in Lawndale and graduated from Leuzinger High School.

"Claude proudly served our country during World War II in the U.S. Navy," his family said.

He married Regina Marie Hegarty on Feb. 4, 1950, in Bakersfield, Calif., and together they had five children. The family moved to Fillmore, Calif., where they spent the next 23 years. He donated much of his free time to the Boy Scouts and local Little League and served one year as the president of the Little League Association in Fillmore.

Regina died in 1969 and Claude married Marcella Francis Benson on Aug. 21, 1971. They moved to Kenai in 1975, where he built a log cabin on a lake. Claude worked for the oil industry as a mechanic for 35 years and retired May 23, 1989. After retiring from the oil business, the couple moved to Paradise, Calif., in 1991. Claude was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the great outdoors. His life was his family and he enjoyed camping, boating, and gatherings at their homes in Fillmore, Alaska and Paradise.

"Claude was an honest, hardworking man who loved woodworking, playing the lottery, spending time with his family and his beloved dogs. He had a great sense of humor, infectious smile, kind heart and a quick mind," his family said. "He is loved dearly and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Please celebrate his life with a donation to your favorite charity or The Humane Society."

Mr. Epperheimer was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Howard, Frank, Claudia May, Carl and Dorothy June; and first wife.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella; children, Ed (Dana), Margaret, Patricia Kimzey, Steven, and Mark (Melodie); step-daughters, Lydia Davis and Diana Benson; 15 grandchildren ;12 great-grandchildren; and nieces, Nancy Epperheimer Fritzi, and Sue, Christine and Karla.

Arrangements were made by Bidwell Chapel in Chico, Calif.

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