Kenneth W Keplar, 92, passed away peacefully at his Raleigh home on August 10, 2014. He was born in 1922 in Pulaski, Indiana, the son of Earl Cecil Keplar and Sarah Hoffman Keplar.
He is survived by children: Kathryn Gilmore (Donald), Susan Schaler (Carl), and Kenneth Keplar (Deb McMurrey); son-in-law, Yale Samole; grandchildren: Christine Hart (Raphael), Laura Gilmore, Angela Ma (Michael), Kathryn Page (Adam), Adam Samole, Erik Keplar, Andrew Samole and great-grandchildren: Jacob Gilmore, Jesse Gilmore and Madison Ma; and nieces and nephews Alice-Anne Birch (Tony).
He was preceded in death his wife, Margaret Anita Crabtree Keplar and his daughters Anne-Lynne Samole and Lisa Keplar. During World War II, he served his country with honor. He received the Bronze Star and other medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was awarded for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. He completed his mission (one of 50), landed his damaged B24 and saved his entire crew. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Engineering. Subsequently, he accepted a position with IBM, where he retired after 33 years. He was an inventor, as was his father and his uncles. While at IBM, he contributed to the birth of many technical marvels, including computers and the bar code scanner. He was a brilliant, fascinating, passionate, competitive and loving man. He began his sweet letters to “My Darling Wife”, loved and was as a brother by the Crabtrees, his wife’s family; and was known as Mister Fixit by his neighbors and friends. He excelled in golf, table tennis and many other sports. He medaled in swimming, which was so beautiful that he drew poolside spectators, wherever he swam. The world will be a smaller place without him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saturday, August 13, 2014 at 6 p.m. The family will receive friends and relatives from 4:30-6p.m. at Brown-Wynne Millbrook. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownwynnemillbrook.com
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