Carl Hepper

Death 23 May 1945 (aged 64)
Java, Walworth County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Java, Walworth County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 138665331 · View Source
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Son of Jakob Hepper II

The Herald, Java, South Dakota, Wednesday, May 30, 1945
The community of Java was greatly shocked last Wednesday moring to learn of the sudden death during the night of Carl Hepper, prominent Java merchant. Mr. Hepper had attended to his duties at his meat market as usual on Tuesday and closed his store that evening, and visited with friends shortly before going home to retire and at no time complained of feeling unwell. When he failed to get up and open his store as usual the next morning, members of his family went to arouse him and were shocked to learn that that he had passed away. A physician was called and stated that death was due to a sudden heart attack.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 27, from the R C Hepper home at 1:30 p.m. and St. Paul's Lutheran church at 2 p.m. with Reverend L A Westenberger officiating. Special music was rendered by the Lutheran choir. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery.
Pall-bearers were J S Pfitzer, Carl J Hepper, Ed Hirsch, Christ Naasz, Felix Knittel and Ed Gill.
Carl Hepper was born January 25, 1881, in the Crimea, South Russia, where he grew to young manhood and was married in 1901 to Magdalena Strecker. In 1906 he came with his family to the United States, coming to the town of Java where he was employed for several years. In 1910 the family moved to Mobridge where Mr. Hepper was engaged in the contracting business. In 1914 he was induced by the late Philip Spiry Sr., Java banker, to return to Java and take charge of a local meat market which he operated until 1918. At that time he sold out his business property and moved with his family to Texas, where they resided for a number of years. He invested heavily in properties there but suffered financial reverses and some years later, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where they operated a grocery store until 1923, when they decided to return to Java.
On returning her Mr. Hepper purchased a building on the west side of Main street and operated a modern, well-equipped grocery store and meat market which he operated until the time of his demise. he passed away suddenly early Wednesday morning, May 23, at the age of 64 years, three months and 28 days.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Magdalena Hepper; two sons, William C of Mobridge, and Robert C of Java; and eight grandchildren. His parents and several brothers and sisters remained in Russia when he came to this country and it has been some years since any word has been received of them so it is not known if any are still living.
Mr. Hepper was a thrifty and hard working citizen and made a success in life despite many difficulties and troubles, winning the respect and admiration of his business associates and fellow citizens. His presence will be greatly missed by both his family and the community.
Among the relatives who came from a distance to attend the funeral services were: Bill Hepper of Kansas City, Kansas, a grandson; Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hepper and Henry Hepper of Selfridge, North Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. John Hepper and daughter of McLaughlin, South Dakota; and Mr. and Mrs. John Heck of Mobridge.

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  • Added: 12 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138665331
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Hepper (25 Jan 1881–23 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138665331, citing Saint Paul Cemetery, Java, Walworth County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Donald Schmidt (contributor 47813253) .