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Richard 'Rich' Alois Keppers

The Mass of Christian burial for Richard Keppers of Wadena was celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Timothy Wenzel as celebrant. Richard passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.

Richard "Rich" Alois Keppers was born to Jerome and Marie (Fruth) Keppers on Nov. 22, 1927, in Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County, Minn. In February 1946, he joined the U.S. Navy and served until his honorable discharge in December 1947.

Rich and Phyllis Katherine Schmitz were united in marriage on June 2, 1964, at St. Frederick's Catholic Church in Verndale. Our area communities will remember him as the owner, machinist and welder at Keppers Machine Shop. When not at work, he found enjoyment outdoors by hunting and fishing. Also, he was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Marie; step-mother, Emma (Hommerding); brothers, Urban and Willard Keppers; and sister-in-law, Kathy Keppers.

Surviving are his devoted wife, Phyllis of Wadena; sons, Robert (Erica) of Wadena, Dennis (Cathy) of Findlay, Ohio, Craig (Dona) of Anchorage, Alaska and Glen of Fargo, N.D.; six grandchildren; brothers, Ralph (Pat) of Shoreview, Vic of Havre, Mont., Leroy of Wadena and Dave (Mary) of Leader; sisters, Evelyn (Tom) Malone of Wadena, Rita (Jim) Flanagan of Aurora and Virginia (Syl) Krier of Ham Lake; sisters-in-law, Alice Keppers of Tucson, Ariz. and Darlene Keppers of Wadena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Rich's grandchildren, Derek, Ben, Noah, Austin, Julie and Carlos. Serving as pallbearers were Ken Keppers, John Malone, Phillip Schmitz, Eric Oja, Derek Blazek and Noah Keppers. Military Honors were provided by the Elmer Goche Post 3922, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wadena.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.

Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena.