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Gust Sepeter

July 24, 1926December 30, 2020
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Gust Sepeter, age 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 30, 2020. He was born in 1926 in Detroit, MI, to John and Marina Sepeter, who preceded him in death. Gust married Betty Blume in 1952. As they raised a family, he operated his own auto repair garage, Little Cedar Repair.

Gust generously gave of himself to help others. He served Lansing Christian School as Chairman of the Board and maintained the school buses. He was a Sunday School teacher and board member at Inter-City Bible Church and then teacher and mission board member at South Baptist Church. He had a heart for missions and took great joy in sharing his faith in Christ with people around him. In his garage, he led a close friend, Omar, to the Lord while repairing the engine of his car.

During vacation periods, he and his wife Betty made short-term mission trips to Greece and Ireland where he used his mechanical ability to install church sound systems and do other construction or repairs.

Betty died suddenly in 1984. He is survived by their children, Robert (Lisa) Sepeter of Eaton Rapids, Linda (George) Greanias of Arizona, and Carl (Lisa) Sepeter of DeWitt. Additionally there are 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, and his sister, Mary Gilpin.

In 1985 Gust married widow, Ilene Titsworth, in Lansing. Gust and Betty had known Ilene and her first husband, Harold, for many years. After a short courtship, Gust and Ilene united the two families. Gust gained three step-children, Mark Titsworth, Avis Titsworth, and Sharon (Richard) Watters.

From a very young age, Gust was fascinated by airplanes. He rode his bike to the Lansing City Airport to watch the mechanics repair airplanes. During WWII Gust was trained as a Navy tail gunner for PB 4Y2 (form of B24) but the war ended before he saw combat.

After retirement, the love of airplanes and machinery led him to volunteer for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Florida. He repaired the vintage DC-3. Gust tirelessly filled many jobs doing other short-term missionary work in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Ireland, and Greece. For more than 10 summers they volunteered at Camp Barakel in Fairview, MI. Gust repaired the cars and anything else around the campground.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at South Church in Lansing. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Lansing Christian School or Camp Barakel.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rob Sepeter
  • Daniel Sepeter
  • David Sepeter
  • Carl Sepeter
  • Caleb Sepeter
  • George Greanias
  • Bryan Bytwerk

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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mike james

January 14, 2021

Mr. Sepeter was a great Godly man! Many years after graduating from LCS, Mr. Sepeter showed up in the lobby of the radio station, that I worked for. He 'stopped' to check on me! Our families are friends through LCS. REST IN PEACE, 'GUST'!

Jan Burgess

January 6, 2021

Dear Family, I'm sorry for your loss, but I know Gus is exactly where he has longed to be for a long time. I have some great memories of times when I was in youth group at Inter-City Bible Church years ago. He and Betty were tremendous examples of what a godly person should be. Betty was my leader in Pioneer Girls and we had so much fun, plus I learned so much just by being around her. Gus was always willing to fix cars and do whatever he could to help whoever he could. Thank you for sharing your Dad with so many of us. I also appreciated him and Ilene coming to see me here at Maranatha in Florida several years ago.

Agnes Cliffe

January 4, 2021

My condolences to the family of this dear friend for many years. I knew Gust way back before he married Betty. We were at Inter City Tabernacle then. I was well acquainted
with Betty since we lived across the street from each other
for all the time I was growing up. It was so great when they
got married. When time passed and Chuck (Chuddy) and I were married and eventually moved to California, we kept in touch. On occasional trips back to Mich. we would make sure to visit them. I believe we met Ilene at Camp Barakel
when we were there for a MAPP project. She was working in the kitchen and Gust was busy repairing things. I'm so thankful we will all be together some day--PRAISE GOD!

Janice Mosher

January 4, 2021

Memories of Inter-City Bible Church have come flooding back. I remember Mr. Sepeter as one of my brother's junior high SS teachers. I also remember the three Sepeter kids in my Mom's Cherub Choir. He gave so much love to the church, as well as Betty did. We have been blessed to be a part of Inter-City because of people like Mr. Sepeter. My prayers are for you all in this family.
Jan Mosher (Freriks)

Sharon Somerville

January 4, 2021

Mr. Sepeter will always be a treasured memory for me. In my early years as a teacher at Lansing Christian, he was always around to encourage and offer help. The story of his life was helping others. His big smile and encouraging attitude were a part of life at Lansing Christian. He was someone who everyone could rely on to get the job done and make sure we all enjoyed the process besides. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by his family. Blessings!

Rosalie Parmelee

January 4, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and Dad were dear friends. They mentored our Youth group at Inter-City when paid youth leaders didn't exist, then I baby sat you kids. The Lord used them to bless many. Lord bless each of you now. Rosalie Rowe Parmelee

Anita Muir

January 3, 2021

Dear Sepeter Family: Your father & grandfather was a precious friend to my husband & I over the years! A special servant of God all his life! God's peace & comfort in this time of sorrow! His legacy lives on in so many of us who knew & loved him! Anita Muir

Linda Fedewa

January 1, 2021

I am very blessed to have met this inspiration!!!! One of the most kind hearted person ever. My heart goes out to each and everyone touched by this beautiful man xxxxxoooo love Linda Lou & Jeff

J.P. (Butch) O'Brien

January 1, 2021

There will be a Very Special Angel watching over all of us now.
Sympathy and Love to all the family.
Grief is really just love
It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot.
All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes,
the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go.
Say a prayer and love anyway.

Dallas Shattuck

January 1, 2021

We were members of South Baptist Church for some years, and good friends with Gus and Betty, then later with Gus and Ilene. We kept in touch through the years, even after we had moved to Rochester, MI, Dallas, TX, Troy, MI, then Brooklyn, MI. Over the years I would give Gus and Ilene one of my crocheted afghans, which they would then pass on to an overseas missionary. We thank God for Gus's faithfulness to the Lord and witnessing. We also thank God for Gus's faithfulness to the Lord in his auto repairs. We're looking forward to seeing each other in heaven's glory.
Dallas and Carol Shattuck

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Biography

Gust Sepeter, age 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 30, 2020. He was born in 1926 in Detroit, MI, to John and Marina Sepeter, who preceded him in death. Gust married Betty Blume in 1952. As they raised a family, he operated his own auto repair garage, Little Cedar Repair.

Gust generously gave of himself to help others. He served Lansing Christian School as Chairman of the Board and maintained the school buses. He was a Sunday School teacher and board member at Inter-City Bible Church and then teacher and mission board member at South Baptist Church. He had a heart for missions and took great joy in sharing his faith in Christ with people around him. In his garage, he led a close friend, Omar, to the Lord while repairing the engine of his car.

During vacation periods, he and his wife Betty made short-term mission trips to Greece and Ireland where he used his mechanical ability to install church sound systems and do other construction or repairs.

Betty died suddenly in 1984. He is survived by their children, Robert (Lisa) Sepeter of Eaton Rapids, Linda (George) Greanias of Arizona, and Carl (Lisa) Sepeter of DeWitt. Additionally there are 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, and his sister, Mary Gilpin.

In 1985 Gust married widow, Ilene Titsworth, in Lansing. Gust and Betty had known Ilene and her first husband, Harold, for many years. After a short courtship, Gust and Ilene united the two families. Gust gained three step-children, Mark Titsworth, Avis Titsworth, and Sharon (Richard) Watters.

From a very young age, Gust was fascinated by airplanes. He rode his bike to the Lansing City Airport to watch the mechanics repair airplanes. During WWII Gust was trained as a Navy tail gunner for PB 4Y2 (form of B24) but the war ended before he saw combat.

After retirement, the love of airplanes and machinery led him to volunteer for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Florida. He repaired the vintage DC-3. Gust tirelessly filled many jobs doing other short-term missionary work in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Ireland, and Greece. For more than 10 summers they volunteered at Camp Barakel in Fairview, MI. Gust repaired the cars and anything else around the campground.