Jesse L. Kephart, 90 of Girard, Went to be with his Lord, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
He was born January 15, 1929 in Houtzdale, Clearfield County, Pa., a son of the late Lemuel and Alice (Randolph) Kephart.
Jesse graduated from Girard's Rice Avenue Union High School in 1969 with his daughter, following studying in night school. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and was deployed to Adak Island, Alaska and also the Pentagon, as a Staff Sergeant in the communications department, handling many top secret documents during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952, returning to the Girard area. He began employment with the Lord Corporation in Erie, retiring from there following 37 1/2 years of service to the company.
He was a member of the New Beginnings Full Gospel Church in Fairview. He was never ashamed to tell people that he would not have gotten through life without Jesus in his heart.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel Kephart and Carrell W. Kephart; a sister, Roberta J. Rohrback and a daughter-in-law Juanita (Slater) Kephart.
Jesse is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley L. (Pelton) Kephart; two daughters, Deborah L. Bax of Conneaut, OH and Brenda L. Kaiser (Vitus) "VJ" of Erie; two sons, David L. Kephart (Deborah) of Albion, Thomas L. Kephart (Marilyn) of Morgantown, NC; a brother, Larry A. Kephart (Bonnie) of Houtzdale, PA; 11 grandchildren Kelly, David, Thomas II, Jason, Daniel, Heather, Darren, Samantha, Vitus, Emma and Sarah; 17great grandchildren, Caitlyn, Jonathon, Joshua, Gunner, Gage, Olivia, Caleb, Haley, Madison, Katelyn, Matthew, Elijah, Isaiah, Eson, Wyatt, Alexandria and Anne Marie also several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. Services will be held there on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Paul Friend officiating.
Memorials may be made to New Beginnings Full Gospel Church, 7195 W. Ridge Rd., Fairview, PA 16415 or to Conneaut Church of God, 5327 Center Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030.
Burial with full military honors will be at Erie County Memorial Gardens.
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