Frederick Monroe Hepler
January 26, 1940 – July 14, 2020
Frederick Monroe Hepler (January 26th, 1940 - July 14th, 2020) Frederick (Fritz) Monroe Hepler died peacefully on July 14th, 2020 from complications related to Parkinson's. He was 80 years old. Fritz was born in Mishawaka, IN and raised in Bremen, IN. He was predeceased by his parents Dallas and Edith Louise (née Knoblock) Hepler and his brother Dr. James Hepler of Sacramento, CA. He is survived by his sister Mary Ginther of Elkhart, IN; his wife of 57 years, Sharon (née Schlatter) Hepler of Leo-Cedarville, IN; his children and their spouses Sigurd and Victoria (née Rose) Hepler of Clarkston, MI; Samuel Hepler of New York City; Hannelies and Austin Hartman of Martinsville, IN; Stuart Hepler of Leo-Cedarville, IN; Soleil York of Ft. Wayne, IN; and ten grandchildren. Fritz graduated from Bremen High School and attended Indiana University. He majored in music and was a member of the Singing Hoosiers. He graduated in 1963 with a B.M in education and subsequently completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan. While at IU, Fritz met and married Sharon. Since 1968 they have resided at Sharon’s family home in Leo-Cedarville. Throughout their many years of Christian ministry, the Homestead became a haven for “the least of these…” Fritz was also involved with Prison Fellowship and throughout his life remained an advocate for offenders and ex-offenders alike. For several years Fritz was the high school choral director at Carroll High School in Ft. Wayne, IN. Throughout his career he was involved in music and worship in a variety of churches in the Ft. Wayne area including Calvary Temple and the First Baptist Church (Ft. Wayne Baptist Church) and taught private voice and piano lessons. In addition to teaching, Fritz was also an avid composer. He produced several musicals locally and wrote numerous songs including an original collection of “Christmas Card Carols” that were recorded by his children and the pianist, Stephen Walley. A memorial service will be held at a later date and internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be given to Prison Fellowship and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
- Fort Wayne Phil Harmonic
- Prison Fellowship
Frederick Monroe Hepler
July 23, 2020
Sharon and all:
The world has lost a very significant individual. I, as organist, worked with Fritz in the First United Church of Christ, Bremen, IN, for a vocal recital. His parents were in that church in my earlier years there, and I served as organist for the special funeral service for his mother. Sharon, I appreciate having talked with you earlier this spring. Maybe Fritz could listen and enjoy the cello concerto recording by our daughter, Jacqueline, that I sent? There is now a huge hole in your family in which you will fall at times. As time moves on, you will walk around that hole occasionally. Blessings to all of you, and know that you have lived with the best.
July 17, 2020
Many thoughts of all of you with love and caring as you gather together for this very special time in your family. God bless you so much as you remember your father, and Sharon, you are in my heart. Talk to you later.