F. Keppert, 83
“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
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
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
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.phillipfuneralhome.com.