WILLIAM E. HEPP

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Funeral services for Bill Hepp, 62 year old Sheridan and former Buffalo man who passed away Tuesday at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, from injuries he received when he fell from a ladder on July 30th, 2011, will be held Monday August 29th, at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with John Christian officiating. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Quiet Rest Cemetery in Kearney with graveside committal services to follow the funeral. Donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.

William Earl Hepp was born on April 1, 1949 in Sheridan to Earl and Patty (Weaver) He grew up on the Hepp family ranch at Kearney and received his education at the Kearney Country School and Buffalo High School (Johnson County High School). After graduation he attended the Medical Institute of Colorado to become a lab technician. Later he attended Casper College for one year. He was married in 1973 in Buffalo to Janet Bergner and they made their home in Casper. After a divorce he was married in Las Vegas in 1989 to Eileen Bell and they made their home in Sheridan. Bill worked at various construction jobs and drove truck for Metz Beverage. At one time he owned the Last Chance Bar in Big Horn and the Wagon Box Inn in Story. He also worked for Sheridan Motors and the last few years he owned and operated Hepp Trucking out of Buffalo. He was a member of the Quiet Rest Cemetery Board at Kearney.

He started his rodeo career at the Johnson County Rodeo in the kids pony races and went on to be an excellent roper in high school and always made the state finals rodeo. He loved old cars and car racing and the mountains for elk hunting and 4 wheeling. He also loved cards and was an avid poker and cribbage player.He is survived by one daughter Kaitlyn Hepp of Sheridan; his mother Patty Hepp of Buffalo; one brother John Hepp and his wife Liz of Casper; one sister Diana Mader and her husband Ray of Buffalo; two nephews Ryan Mader of Buffalo and Chris Hepp of Casper; two nieces Wendi Ruby of Sheridan and Jen Hepp of Casper; and was loved by his 2 great nephews and 1 great niece and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl in 2006