George E. Schepp, 82, of Pardeeville, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Madison.
George was born in Ripon, Wisconsin on July 29, 1937. He attended Salemville Grade School through 8th grade, then to Cambria-Friesland High School. George loved to act and was in every play he could. This is also why George was such a good storyteller. After graduating in 1955 he farmed a little with his dad. He worked for a neighbor’s business where he plumbed, did electrical, carpentry and masonry to build a home. He joined the National Guard in 1957 where he served 6 months active, 6 years in reserves. He was called-up in 1961, when they built the Berlin Wall, at this time he served 11 months on active duty in the State of Washington. In 1959, he married Anna (Bortz) in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. Eventually, he bought his father and uncle's farm and went back to construction where he worked for others. In 1976, George became a master plumber starting his own business, George's Plumbing, which he retired from in 2000.
His greatest love was his family. He was very proud of his family and loved going to his grandchildren's games and deer hunting with Brian. He found other joy in his sweet corn patch of many years and counting every stalk of asparagus, and every ear of corn he picked. In the fall he enjoyed picking up hickory nuts at various spots. George and Anna enjoyed taking short trips with friends, and “Dino Day.” George had a name for everyone he came in touch with and he loved telling his jokes and stories and singing his country songs. When together, and when he was going to say something, we, as family would have said, ”Oh boy, what is he going to say??” George was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salemville serving on church council various times and at one point singing in the choir.
George is survived by wife of 59 years, 9 months, 21 days, Anna; 3 daughters and1 son Doris (Randy) Bobholz of Fall River, Brian (Lois) Schepp of Pardeeville, Dawn (Bart) Koopman of Markesan, Doreen (Larry) Bylsma of Friesland; 12 Grandchildren, Cassandra (Brandon) Bendall of Columbus, Halley (Kyle) Koelsch of Poynette, Alexander of Oshkosh, Marcus (Amanda) of Fall River, Chelsie (Tyler) Stocker of Friesland, Andrew of Great Falls, MT, Lauren (Leonel) Ramirez of Cambria, Brittany (Jeff) Raymond of Plover, Eric of Pardeeville (Taylor), Aaron of Coralville, IA (Jamie), Spencer of Milwaukee, Brianna of Fond du Lac; 12 great grandchildren, Mason, Sophia, Jackson, Kane, Bria, Nadia, Tenley, Kol, Bryce, Paisley, Brynley, and Ryker; brother, Orin (Lila) of Cambria; special cousin, Anita Steinich of Beaver Dam; 3 brothers-in-law, Anthony Bortz, Kenneth Bortz and George Grimsrud; sister-in-law, Betty (Robert) Lester; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Irma Schepp; his in-laws, Henry and Emma Bortz; sisters-in-law, Kathleen, Carol, Rose, Lily; brothers-in-law, Fred, Howard, Art, Arnold; and other cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salemville, Wisconsin with visitation on Friday September 27, 2019 from 9am-11am with the service immediately following. Pastor Frank Rose will be officiating the service. Military honors will be provided following the church service by American Legion Post #395.
The family would like to thank Pastor Frank Rose,VA Hospital Hospice Care Unit, Palliative Care Team, and all of the family and friends who took time out to visit.
In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the VA Hospital in Madison or St. John's Lutheran, Salemville.