Joe R. Pepple, 86, died at 4:05 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2012, at Otterbein Cridersville.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1925, in Union Township, Auglaize County, to Colby William and Gladys Irene (Day) Pepple, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 21, 1946, in Pandora, he married Agnes S. Burry, and she survives in Waynesfield.
He is also survived by three sons, Ron (Marcia) Pepple of Waynesfield, Bill (Nancy) Pepple of Copley and Fred (Kathy) Pepple of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Karen Lehmkuhl of Minster; 13 grandchildren, Dave, Chris and Ellen Pepple, Josh Ryland, Jackie Bonomo, Annie Ryland, Doug, Allison and Julia Pepple, Ben, Kaitlyn, Amanda and Rebecca Lehmkuhl; six great-grandchildren, Will, Kendall, Leo, Joey, Ali and Liam.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Diane Pepple.
Joe was a member of Waynesfield United Methodist Church, the Waynesfield Lions Club, where he was a life member, the Wayne Lodge 569, the Free and Accepted Masons, Ohio Townships Clerks Association, where he was a past state president, and the board of directors of the former Farmers Banking Company of Lakeview.
He had served as a Wayne Township Trustee and as the Wayne Township Clerk for a total of 31 years of service. He served on the Auglaize County Fair Board and sat on the board of directors of the Auglaize Farmers Co-op.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waynesfield United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kathleen Hayes and the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Branch Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour before services Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Waynesfield United Methodist Church or to the Waynesfield Area Community Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed at ArmentroutFuneralHome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.