ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created to carry on the legacy of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. May we never forget the love and wisdom he shared. And we will trust in God to lead us home to be with him soon.

We Love You Gary!

Posted by Gail Kepley on May 4, 2016
Six years and your words, influence and wisdom still living through our thoughts and actions. You were a blessing to your family and eternally loved by those your life touched.
I know you're in Heaven and experiencing unthinkable joy. I'm thankful for the assurance I have through witnessing your faith on this earth. I was honored to be your wife.
Posted by Stacey Burrell on January 21, 2013
Happy 70th birthday Gary! What a wonderful feeling knowing you are celebrating such a special day in such a glorious place! There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss you terribly but I know that you are always with me and I feel your presence in so many ways. You may be gone from this earth but you will never be forgotten. Today we celebrate you! I love you bunches!
Posted by Sidney & Karen Thomas on January 21, 2013
Happy Birthday Ol' buddy!! We miss you, and are anxiously waiting to see you again one day soon. We know you are enjoying That glorious place!!!
Posted by Gail Kepley on January 21, 2013
Oh how long it has been since I've seen your face. Time should heal the hurt but my heart will forever be empty in that special place that only you can fill. I miss you so.
You left the world a better place my Love, and I am a better person because of you. Loving you always. Happy Birthday.
Posted by Stacey Burrell on January 23, 2012
Happy Birthday to one of the best men I've ever known. I miss you so much! There are days that I long to talk to you about my problems and accomplishments because your words always put things into perspective. I look forward to the day I can feel your hugs again and tell you how much I love you but you already know that and I know you are watching over me everyday!
Posted by Brett Goodman on January 23, 2012
I just want to wish you a happy Birthday! I know you are celebrating in a big way. No matter how many years go by, I don't think that we will ever get over not having you here. No one can replace the faith and love that you brought to our lives. But we have our memories to look back on for that reassurance. So enjoy your birthday, and know that we love you always.
Posted by Gail Kepley on January 21, 2012
I was thinking yesterday, Honey, of how happy you are to be in a place with no pain, sorrow or tears. Also, remembering the faith you demonstrated to me and our family through your love of the Lord and desire to follow Him. I have been blessed with a wonderful life as your wife and I still celebrate your birthday and remember you with so much love.
Posted by Sidney & Karen Thomas on July 7, 2010
Gary, it was an honor to know you.  Your inspiration and wisdom is missed everyday. You were and are truly a brother in Christ. We love you Gary.. and miss you very much..
Posted by Brett Goodman on May 11, 2010
I will forever try to live in a way that will make you proud. Thank you for being there for me and teaching me what it truely means to be a man of God. I love you dad!
Posted by Gail Kepley on May 11, 2010
My dearest husband,
As we often said to each other "You were the wind beneath my wings".
You were more than the other half of me, you made my everything complete. I miss you so.

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Posted by Gail Kepley on May 4, 2016
Six years and your words, influence and wisdom still living through our thoughts and actions. You were a blessing to your family and eternally loved by those your life touched.
I know you're in Heaven and experiencing unthinkable joy. I'm thankful for the assurance I have through witnessing your faith on this earth. I was honored to be your wife.
Posted by Stacey Burrell on January 21, 2013
Happy 70th birthday Gary! What a wonderful feeling knowing you are celebrating such a special day in such a glorious place! There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss you terribly but I know that you are always with me and I feel your presence in so many ways. You may be gone from this earth but you will never be forgotten. Today we celebrate you! I love you bunches!
Posted by Sidney & Karen Thomas on January 21, 2013
Happy Birthday Ol' buddy!! We miss you, and are anxiously waiting to see you again one day soon. We know you are enjoying That glorious place!!!
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Seeing You Daily

Shared by Gail Kepley on May 4, 2016

You would be amazed at out daughter as I am. She is the living example of her Dad. Her faith and study of the scriptures is unwavering. She is confident and sure but loves deeply and holds dearly those people that she loves.
In her living, your spirit will never die. I pray she passes to her children the wisdom she has gained from you and your convictions will continue to be present on this earth.

  

What if....

Shared by Sidney & Karen Thomas on January 21, 2012

What if we had never met Gary Kepley?

Our lives were forever changed when we met Gary Kepley.  A loving brother of Christ....  What if we had not met him?  I know for a fact we probably would not have gotten married..  You see....  Gary and Gail were both such a possitive influence on our lives..  Sidney and I had been dateing and living together for several years..  Both of us thought we were content, and living the life.. 

Gary, Gail and Katie had horses with us, and we had become very close friends.   We had been showing horses all around the country. It was such fun to have them with us.  As Sidney and I left a show in OH, we are headed back home, horses on board; Sidney looks at me and says... "Gary talked to me this weekend, and he thinks its time for us to get married".... Gary says "You are perfect for each other". 

Well, what a surprise as Gail had just had the same conversation with me...  Neither Gary or Gail knew about each others talks..  God is GOOD!!   Later that week as Sidney and I debated on the "big question"..  Do we... or don't we.... get married....  We both decided that "yes" this is probably the time..  Only with the nudge from Gary and Gail.  What a blessing they have been in our lives. 

Gary was also our reminder of God.  Both of us being raised in church, had drifted away from what life is really about.  GOD>> A few years later, Gary gave Sidney a gospel CD from the LeBeaus.  He asked us to listen to it, and ask Sidney if he could learn the song "Hanging on a Nail".  (Sid is not only a horse trainer, but a beautiful singer and guitar picker).  Gary loved to hear him sing.. 

Sidney didn't get the chance to sing that song to Gary before he passed.  But now he sing's in several churches.  You see, Sidney and I both have re-dedicated our lives to Christ. Sidney now shares his musical gift with so many people.  And each time he sings that song, he will always say..  "Thank you Gary Kepley, my brother in Christ, this is for you.  I'm sorry I didn't get to sing this for you while you were still here on earth, but I know you can hear me now, See you soon ol' partner. "  

So...  What if we had not met Gary Kepley? Neither or us would want to even think of it... Gary was and still is a part of our daily lives.  Not a day goes by when either of us would think..... "What would Gary do? "..

We love and miss you Gary!!

Much love: Sidney & Karen

The Eagle

Shared by Gail Kepley on January 21, 2012

The words Gary often said and sang to me was "You are the wind beneath my wings" . The real truth is that he was the Eagle. His strength and wisdom took him to great heights and allowed him to soar in many, many ways. He was a man of respect, trust, determination, compassion and integrity.

I think of the long line of family, friends, community leaders, co-workers, business owners, neighbors...of all color, ages, and backgrounds....that waited so long to pay tribute at his funeral. So many told me a different story of this special man that came into their life and left them a different, better person.

On this day, his birthday, I celebrate his life with love and wonderful memories.