Dr. Edward L. Lepley
STANWOOD — Dr. Edward L. Lepley, 73, of Stanwood, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1938, in Bellevue, Ohio, the son of James Edward and Leona Catherine (Buchman) Lepley.
Ed graduated with honors from Bellevue High School in 1956, where he not only excelled academically, but also on the football field and basketball court. He still holds several school athletic records. Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for two years, furthering his engineering and mechanical skills. Following his honorable discharge from the service, Ed enrolled at Ohio State University, where he completed his undergraduate and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then proceeded to practice in Denmark, England, and he set up a poultry research facility for the Spanish Government located outside Barcelona. While in England, he contracted with the province of Alberta to eradicate the Brucellosis Abortus bacteria. Along the way, he stopped in Michigan and in December of 1966 he met his wife to be, Sharron Binkley. The young couple married on Dec. 9, 1967, and resided in Union Lake where their son Erik was born. Ed established the Waterford Veterinarian Hospital in 1968.
Ed, Sharron and Erik moved to their Ore Box ranch, located above Canyon City, Colo., in 1973. They returned to Michigan in 1978, where Ed opened Riversbend Animal Hospital. During the next 33 years, Ed would open Cedar Springs Animal Hospital and his current practice in Howard City, which will continue to be managed by his family, to his high standards.
Ed was a devout member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Pine Island, Fla. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a strong supporter of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association. He held a specialty degree in the practice of veterinary dentistry and his professional memberships included the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the West Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Ed enjoyed a number of construction projects in both Michigan and Colorado, which included an A-frame cabin and several barns. Ed was a mentor to numerous students interested in veterinary medicine. His other hobbies included sailing with his wife, Sharron, and helping Erik and Tami with chores around the farm and in the field, especially operating his combine this past season.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Sharron; his devoted son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Tamara, and their children, Mallory and Grant, all of Stanwood; a brother, S.J. Lepley, of Bellevue, Ohio; three sisters, Suzette Marie Green, of Bellevue, Ohio, Sandra Dillon, of Columbus, Ohio, and Gail (James) Miller, of Bellevue, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Sanders and Al Flicker, both of Sandusky, Ohio; sister-in-law, Carol Lepley, of Columbus, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by two brothers, James D. and wife Nancy Lepley, and John K. Lepley; three sisters, Jacqueline Sanders, Marilyn and husband, Ted Fox, and Catherine “Kitty” Flicker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until mass at the church. Pastor James Wyse, Father Ray Bruck, Father Phong Pham, Father Lou Anderson and Father Phil Wikowski will concelebrate the mass. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, and from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, all at the Dagett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home, followed by public personal reflections of Ed’s life.
Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial, at Christ the King Catholic Church, a luncheon will be served at the fellowship hall.
There will be additional visitations and services in Bellevue, Ohio, with interment at the Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be given to his family and directed to the establishment of the “Ed Lepley Scholarship Fund” or to continue Ed’s legacy of aiding underprivileged animals.
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