John L. Tepper, 66
July 11, 1950 ó Nov. 13, 2016

John L. Tepper, 66, of West Bend, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, on his way home from church.

John was born on July 11, 1950, the son of the late Lee and Loraine (Nitz) Tepper. On April 22, 1978, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Hoeft at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Church in Barton. Marilyn preceded John in death Sept. 28, 2008. Now, John can be happily reunited with the love of his life whom he missed so much.

John was a hardworking, inspirational man with a strong faith and a charismatic personality. He could find humor in all situations. He is a cancer survivor and he wanted so much to be able to help others who were cancer patients or caretakers of those who struggled with terminal illness. He was a humble, patient man with a calming presence and had the gift of knowing what to say to others in any situation.

John loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and traveling, including multiple trips to the Black Hills as well as the Caribbean. He had an incredible love for animals as he enjoyed feeding the birds in his backyard as well as the resident deer who visited in the evenings. He was also a football fan who enjoyed cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers.

John always enjoyed and treasured the many friends he made over the years in the dairy industry. As a sales professional, he built strong relationships with some amazing people that have spanned over multiple decades. In his recent years, he had a great time reconnecting with college buddies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Those John leaves behind to cherish his memory include two children, Sean Tepper of Pewaukee and Stephanie Tepper of Cedarburg (special friend Tracy Dockery of Appleton), and his 10-year-old chocolate lab, Sam.

A memorial service for John will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Open Door Bible Church (3420 Highway LL, Port Washington) with the Rev. Sid Litke and the Rev. James Taylor officiating.

Johnís family will greet relatives and friends at the church Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Johnís arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at