Eric Allen Lepien, 47

Eric Allen Lepien, age 47, of Hartford found eternal rest on Tuesday December 17, 2013 at his home farm, surrounded by his family. Eric fought valiantly to recover from a head injury due to an accident. He was making excellent progress in his recovery, which included complications of bacterial meningitis. On Dec. 2, 2013, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia, and lost his battle with cancer.

Eric loved to snowmobile and ride his motorcycle with his friends. He was an active member of the Theresa Pioneer Snowmobile Club. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hartford, where he served on the administrative council. He enjoyed farming, maintaining machinery, planting and harvesting crops. His passion was his combine and tractors and working in his machine shop with Butch “Alex,” his sidekick.

Eric was born in Hartford on Oct. 10, 1966, to Ned and Carolyn (nee Falkenstein) Lepien. He is survived by his parents, his brother Scott (Jennie nee Gundrum) and their children Alexander, Emily and Timothy. He is also survived by aunts and uncles Roger Fink, Marvin (Janet) Moldenhauer, Gerald (Sara) Falkenstein and Gene (Jane) Falkenstein. He is further survived by many more cousins, dear friends and neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his infant nephew Mitchell, his paternal grandparents, Edward (Anita) Lepien, his maternal grandparents, Harvey (Renora) Falkenstein; aunts and uncles Orville (Marilyn) Schauer and Carol Fink who passed away one year ago on the same day, Dec. 17.

Funeral services for Eric will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 2:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe Ave., Hartford, with the Rev. Paul Johnsen Officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday at the church from noon until the time of service.

Interment will take place at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice are appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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