FORT ATKINSON—Glenn Richard Lepley, 87, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Angels Grace Hospice, Oconomowoc, Wis.
Glenn was born on Jan. 3, 1931, in Richland Center, Wis., to Glenn Abram and Ethel Marie (Marshall) Lepley. He graduated from Viola High School in 1948 and received his bachelor’s degree in education from UW-La Crosse. Glenn went on to earn his Master’s degree in administration from UW-Madison. He married Barbara Ann Peterson on Dec. 27, 1951, in La Crosse. She preceded him in death on May 26, 2014. Glenn began his teaching and coaching career in Kendall, Wis., from 1952-1954, and then served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956. After his military service he took a job as a teacher at Evansville High School, and eventually became the assistant principal and principal. He next moved on to become the principal at Fort Atkinson High School from 1963 until his retirement in 1988. Glenn was a devoted member of the Fort Atkinson community and did not miss an event at the school during his tenure. He was a member of the Viola American Legion Post 447, Viroqua Masonic Lodge 84, and the Fort Atkinson Lions Club, where he served as president, and was recognized with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award for his dedicated service to the Club and to the humanitarian needs of the community.
Glenn enjoyed traveling to his property in Richland County where he created habitats for wildlife. He was always there to help others. He enjoyed his euchre get-togethers with his grandchildren and his fellow retirees.
He is survived by his four children, David Lepley of Viola, Wis., Jeff (Joan) Lepley of Helena, Mont., Jane (Mark) Babich of Hartland, Wis., and Tim Lepley of Edwards, Colo.; grandchildren, Matthew and Peter Lepley, Addie Lepley, Kyle and Alexandra Babich; many nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Alice Marie Vermuel; and brothers, Harvey and Bernal Lepley.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 2 p.m. at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 314 Barrie St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. A memorial will be established at Fort Atkinson High School in Glenn’s name; details to follow. On Sunday, March 25, 2018, there will be a luncheon from 12 noon to 1:45 p.m. at VIOLA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 225 N. Washington St., Viola, WI 54664. A graveside memorial service and military honors will follow at the Viola Cemetery.
Thank you to all the caregivers, CNAs, and nurses who took the time to care for Glenn.
The Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, is assisting the family.