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The memory of what a good human Mr. Kepner was will last for a long time, with many people who worked for him, or who worked for people who worked for him, and so on. He influenced so many by word and by example to do their best, to be kind and fair, and he was a fantastic Director of Safety and Security at Purdue. I am honored to have known and been a part of that operation. My condolences to his loved ones on their loss.
So sorry to read of your dad’s passing, he and Janet were wonderful neighbors when we lived next door to them. Peace be with you all.
Ann and Pat Harding
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Thomas Grant “Grant” Kepner, 85 of West Lafayette, passed away at 5:50am on Saturday September 30,
2023. He was born October 26, 1937 in Lincoln NE to the late Thomas Elmer and Lucile Dermer Kepner.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from the Illinois
Institute of Technology. He was employed at Purdue University for 34 years where he was the Director
of Safety and Security. Grant served with the US Army. His marriage was in 1958 to the late Janet
Towner and she preceded him in death April 11, 2021.
Grant was a Charter Member of the Wabash Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. and was awarded The Sagamore
of the Wabash for his service to the community by Gov. Frank O’Bannon. He enjoyed traveling,
camping, fishing, hunting, woodworking, tinkering with electronics, and most of all spending time with
family and friends.
Surviving are two sons Mike (Kimberly) Kepner, of Fishers, IN, Joe Kepner and Marie of rural West
Lafayette, and a daughter Julie (Chris) Kepner of Cincinnati, OH grandchildren Hunter, Reece, Ciara,
Colin, Wyatt, Ben, Alex, Max, and Lucas. He was preceded in death by a brother Reg Kepner.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30pm Sunday October 8, 2023 in the funeral chapel at Tippecanoe
Memory Gardens 3631 Morehouse Road West Lafayette, IN. The family will host an open house at the
family home from 2:00 to 5:00pm.
Tippecanoe Funeral & Cremation Services is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
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