• 79 years old
  • Born on May 9, 1938 in York County, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on July 13, 2017 in Sun City West, Arizona, United States.


Please join the family in celebrating the life of
Ronald J Eppley

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 am
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish
19002 North 128th Avenue
Sun City West, AZ 85375

There will be a gathering following the mass in the reception hall.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ron Eppley, 79. We will remember him forever.

Ronald Jay Eppley passed away peacefully on July 13, 2017 at his home in Sun City West, AZ after valiantly battling cancer for three years.  

Ron was born on May 9, 1938, in York County, PA, where he lived until he joined the U. S. Air Force in 1957.  He only intended to serve for a single four year tour but when the Cuban Missile Crisis hit he extended for another year.  30 years after he enlisted and many moves around the world, he retired with the highest honors as an E-9, Chief Master Sergeant in 1987.

Not being done serving his country, he then accepted a position as a civilian working for the Air Force at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson.  After 12 years stateside, he and his wife decided one more tour overseas was needed before retirement and off to England and Germany they went for 3 more years. 

They settled in Sun City West in February 2006, and on move-in day, Ron was playing softball.  These 11 years have been his fondest memories with a bunch of great and fine softball and racquetball players.  His friends and teammates were among his most cherished companions.  He gave of himself and his time selflessly and almost always with a smile.

Ron is survived by his wife, Karen and their 4 children:  Richard & Amy Eppley, Greeley, CO, Deborah & Morgan Dowling, Waynesville, MO, Robin & Gene Jones, San Antonio, TX, and Dianna & Ty Newport, Ahwatukee, AZ.  He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Eppley, his brother, Raymond Eppley, and both his parents.  He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and his sister, Rita Streett, Stewartstown, PA. 

His wife, Karen & his family want to thank Ron’s many friends and cohorts that he has had over his lifetime, both in the Air Force and retired life.  He is remembered, especially by Air Force friends, with the motto “you prepare, you do, and you put away.”  Ron preferred “no big deal” to be his final thought.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), to help end all cancer or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) where Ron and Karen have always supported. 

Prayers for Ron and his family are greatly appreciated.


Posted by Albert Kennedy on 9th May 2018
Happy 80th Birthday Ron. Departed, missed, but never forgotten.
Posted by Bob Freeland on 21st July 2017
No better person has circled the bases at Liberty Field than Ron Eppley. We will feel the void of Ron's commitment and contributions to the success of our softball club. But, most of all, we will miss our good friend.
Posted by Lynn Beardsley on 20th July 2017
We are very sorry for your loss. Ron was an awesome man and will be missed! Karen, please know that you and your family are in our prayers. Love, Lynn and Wayne Beardsley
Posted by Ralph Kwapiszeski on 19th July 2017
We met Ron and Karen a few years ago on a trip to the Holy Land. We became immediate friends and have been ever since. Ron has been a great friend, card partner and travel partner. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Albert Kennedy on 15th July 2017
Nancy and I will always cherish the wonderful memories of Ron. God speed Chief, you will be missed.
Posted by Ronald Turk on 15th July 2017
Chief AKA Mr Eppley was a great mentor to me and always supported anyone who wanted to better their life. I am truly thankful for Mr E as we so affectionately called him and I am even more thankful that part of the success I have achieved was directly attributed to the Chief/AKA Mr E. Ty Ron for some great mentoring, great parties at your home in Tucson and for just being an awesome human being. We may not have been in touch but I never forgot you and the financial guidance you always gave me. Love ya and gone but never forgotten.
Posted by Jolena Rich on 15th July 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We are praying for you all as you celebrate his life.
Posted by Larry Jarrett on 14th July 2017
In 1978 at the 602 TCS, Ron Eppley was the man to count on when Commander Col Ted Kerr, moved me out of Radar Operations to be the Unit NCOIC of Mobility. We were both MSgts but I never pretended I was Ron's boss. I was in his world of Logistics and I followed his lead. Ron and Karen came to my home in South Carolina at least two times (maybe more) over the years and Anne and I finally visited him and Karen last May (20-23) while Ron was in ICU. Anne and I are thankful we were able to visit these life-long friends and say goodbye to Ron. If there is a heaven, I know Ron is working somewhere there to make things better for everybody around him. A good man and a great friend.
Posted by Gail Hoban on 14th July 2017
I first met Ron when I arrived at Davis Monthan in June 1989, and took over the Log Plans Office. I remember telling him he would get more cooperation from all the Chiefs' on base, if he worked an old "when he was a Chief" story into the conversation. He came back all excited and said the entire conversation changed with the maintenance Chief that day. It went from can't help, to he will do whatever he can to help. By the end of the day, many Chiefs called him and invited him to participate in the Chiefs group. My going away party three years later was at his and Karen's house. A party to remember. A few years ago a twenty year reunion party took place at the same house. I am so glad I flew out for it. Another amazing party. I will miss him and he is now planning events on a bigger scale. I pray for all his family and especially for you Karen. May God watch over you and your family.
Posted by Rich McAndrews on 14th July 2017
Ron, will be truly missed. A super individual who could be counted on to step up to the plate (Sponsors). It was an honor and a pleasure to have known him
Posted by Joy Kerschke on 14th July 2017
what a vital wonderful life he lived, and such a legacy left behind. Hugs and sweet memories to all of you, Diana and Ty's friend (Becky Schulte's aunt Joy Rardin Kerschke)
Posted by Lamont Pickett on 14th July 2017
Karen, you and Ron (Chief) hold a unqualifiedly unique place in my life and that of my family that is difficult for me to explain or understand. I've had a father and a mother, but still the two of you are there. I have a sister and brothers, and still the two of you are there. I've had mentors and counselors, and yet the two of you are there, and I've had intimate friends and the two of you are there too. All of these things you guys have been to me and yet you might not recognize when you had time to be all that to me! It is true that in the entire scheme of things that we really haven't spent much time together... which is exactly the point. I too am unable to account for the time and opportunity that all of this could have occurred in me, but it has. Unexplainable, true, but believe me, you two have impacted all aspects of my life. I will miss Ron and am so glad for the time that I've spent with him. He seemed to me to be thoughtful and content... accomplished even. You've been a wonderful and caring life partner for Ron... He has been a happy person and I envy his achievements and his loving ways. I will hold our memories dear and commit to always do "Chiefy" things! I love guys! Pam and Lamont Pickett Sr.
Posted by Dale And Karla Bjorge on 13th July 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed Dale and Karla Bjorge
Posted by Sam Mitzel on 13th July 2017
Ron was the man who could make you feel at home like no other. We had so many great times together it would be impossible to describe or be specific as there were so many His will to live went far beyond that of anyone else I have ever come in contact with. You can be sure of one thing, if they play softball in heaven, I am sure he is there organizing the teams right now. RIP cuz'
Posted by Larry Riley on 13th July 2017
Over the years, Tonia and I have been blessed with years of a caring relationship as part of the Chiefs group and as longtime friends. Fond memories and happy times are what we will always think of when Ron is on our minds. Larry and Tonia
Posted by Gary Whitney on 13th July 2017
I have wonderful memories of Chief Ron and family that go back 30+ years. I'll miss Ron and offer my condolences to Karen,family and friends. Thanks Ron for the many years' of service (military/civilian).
Posted by Jack Pavelich on 13th July 2017
I will miss Chief Ron. He gave a lifetime of service to his Nation, his Family, and his Community.

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