John Lloyd Epler Jr.

November 21, 1932March 9, 2013
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John Lloyd Epler, Jr., age 80, of Houston, passed away at the home he treasured while surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, the 9th of March 2013.

John was born on the 21st of November 1932, in Toledo, Ohio. An Eagle Scout, he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1954 and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. After graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in White Sands, New Mexico.

During the fifties, John moved to Houston to join his father in the oil and gas business. He earned his master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston in 1956. In 1960, John began his rich and varied thirty-year career with Union Texas Petroleum, loyally serving his company in many financially-oriented assignments, including Corporate Controller. His work ethic was well known and respected amongst his peers.

John was a member of Financial Executives International, St. Francis Episcopal Church and the University Club. He enjoyed running, golfing, fishing on the coast, fly fishing on the Guadalupe, and hunting in the Hill Country and South Texas…in all of which he took great pleasure during retirement.

John was a blessing, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was the beloved husband of over forty-five years to Ann Ellen Armstrong Epler; loving father to Alan and Melissa Epler of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Kenneth and Elizabeth Jones of Houston. He especially adored all his grandchildren: Austin and Allison Epler, and Jack Jones. John was preceded in death by his sister, the late Gloria Epler Manard.

The Epler family desires to express their sincere thanks to John's wonderful caregivers for their devoted care and affection. They also express their deep gratitude to Houston Hospice and Caring Professionals.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 22nd of March, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The funeral service, in celebration of John's life, is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 23rd of March, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point Road in Houston, where the Rev. Richard H. Elwood, Assisting Priest for Pastoral Care, and the Rev. Murray R. Powell, Priest Assistant at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, are to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced at the service.

At a later time, the family is to gather for a private inurnment service at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that contributions in John's memory be directed to the Coastal Conservation Association, 6919 Portwest Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX, 77024; or to the charity of one's choice.


  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

John Lloyd Epler Jr.

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March 30, 2013

Dear family and friends of John Epler. I am so very sorry for your loss. In times like these, I find encouragement in God's promise to end all suffering soon. Please know that your in my thoughts and prayers. Shela

March 22, 2013

Sandy & I are so sorry for your loss. We are out of state and will miss the service but will remember John and his loving family in our thoughts and prayers. John was a super person and I consider his passing a personal loss. Bill & Sandy Cepica

Jill Legler Hood

March 22, 2013

All of John's UTP family send their deepest sympathies to his family. He was a positive and faithful light in this world and we will miss him.

March 21, 2013

My condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Epler. May you be comforted by reflecting on the many wonderful memories that you will cherish forever.


March 21, 2013

John Epler was such a gentleman! As our neighbor on Overbrook, our families shared many wonderful experiences - cooking out together, celebrating birthdays, baking bread, hunting and fishing! Watching the children grow. What very fond memories we shared. John was such a joy to be around. His work ethic and positive strong attitude inspired all of us. His smile and the way he would say "Fantastic"..... we love you, John. And we will miss you always. WE are better individuals to have known you.

Bill Hebenstreit

March 20, 2013

I have fond memories of working with John at UTP. He was always upbeat and a pleasure to be around. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

Gail Grigar

March 20, 2013

Ann, what delightful menories I have of working with John, I know he will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family.

Debbie Blalock

March 20, 2013

Ann, Jerry and I have many memories with you and John and your family, both work and sports related. John was my very first boss at UTP in Ag Accounting. Of course, Jerry worked with him too in different capacities. We share company picnics, parties as well as fishing. Jerry, Kevin and I had the pleasure of hunting the Double E Ranch with John and Alan. We will always remember and with the great respect that he deserves, a man of superior conduct and humilty. We will keep you all in our prayers. With love.

Bob La Raia

March 20, 2013

John was the first person I worked with at UTP. We spent a lot of time going back and forth to Baton Rouge and Washington dealing with the Justice Department. John was a patient and pleasant client to work with for this then young lawyer. And in the years since he was always that way. I will miss him and ask God that he rest in peace.

Jan Redd

March 19, 2013

It's been many years but we remember both of you so fondly. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers at this time.
Jan and Ershel Redd