Gerald J. Hoepf, 89, of rural Tiffin, passed away Sunday evening, July 28, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 27, 1924, in Wyandot County, the eldest son of Leo and Eulalia (Wenzinger) Hoepf. He married Ruth Adeline Phelps June 18, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons, Thomas (Marilynn) Hoepf of Knightstown, Ind., and Jeffrey (Debbie) Hoepf and Patrick (Rae Lyn), both of rural Tiffin; six grandchildren, Malea (Tom) Young of Louisville, Ky., Jeremy (Sarah) Hoepf of Grandview Heights, and Melanie, Maria, Regina and Rebecca Hoepf; two great-grandchildren, Adeline Ruth and Jonah James; four stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; five brothers, Walter (Mary) Hoepf of Republic, Arthur (Sally) Hoepf of Mount Gilead, Michael (Diane) Hoepf and Cletus (Patricia) Hoepf, both of Bucyrus, and Dale (Jo Ann) Hoepf of New Riegel; and five sisters, Ruth Fox of Bloomville, Mary Ellen (Cyril) Gosche of New Riegel, Arlene Holman of Fostoria, and Dorothy (Jack) Clutter and Patricia (Tony) Springman, both of Bucyrus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and a daughter-in-law, Elaine.
Gerald attended Calvert High School and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin. He was a lifetime farmer, with the spring of 2013 being the first year he was not on his tractor. His love was his faith and his family. He enjoyed watching his crops grow, music and his Cleveland Indians. He was gifted in woodworking, and he handcrafted beautiful desks for each of his grandchildren.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass.
Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Calvert Catholic Schools or Community Hospice Care.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.