Andrew F. Keppert, 83

Andrew “Andy” F. Keppert went home to the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the age of 83 years. Andy was born on Feb. 21, 1930, in Marshfield to Frank and Isabelle (nee Reinwend) Keppert. Isabelle died at a young age, and Andy was raised at St. Michael’s orphanage in La Crosse. As a young teen, Andy went to stay with the Flock family for a short time. He then joined the Alphonse Wiebel family where he was treated truly as a part of their family. He excelled as a farmhand in both families and learned many life lessons along the way. Andy was a graduate of Cashton High School, Class of 1948. He married Judith “Judy” Warner on July 11, 1958. They went on to have six children.

He was a true Renaissance man. He could fix absolutely anything and enjoyed restoring cars with his sons as a hobby. He enjoyed trap shooting, farming, hunting, fishing, water skiing, boating and carpentry. He built a pole building from scrap metal that is still standing strong on his farm today.

Andy was a great influence on his children and grandchildren. He taught them to be resourceful and appreciate what they were given in life. As Andy grew in biblical truth, which he had sought throughout his life, it allowed him to be more patient and compassionate.

Andy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy; children Maureen, Teresa, Mark (Kelly), and Andrea (fiancé Greg Ensenbach); daughter-in-law Sally; grandchildren Michael (girlfriend Crystal), Vanessa (Gene) Henning, Jessica, Rachel, Michael Jr., Faith, Mark Jr., Andrew, Zachary, David, Weston, and Anthony; and great-grandchildren Devante, Christian, Gia Monet, Gianni, Ji’Air, and Ji’Zel. He is further survived by his siblings William (Yvonne), Patrick and Mona (Oliver) Thums, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends.

Andy is preceded in death by his son Michael; parents Frank and Isabelle; and siblings Marian (Patrick) Patterson, Charles, Daniel, Joseph (Audrey) and Lawrence (Catherine).

Gathering will take place for Andy at First Baptist Church, 2300 S. Main St. in West Bend, from 4-5:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, with a funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Dunford presiding. Private interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to First Baptist Church or Cedar Community (5595 Highway Z, West Bend, WI 53095).

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Cedar Lake community for their care and compassion for Andy during his stay.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillip