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Ralph Lavern Kephart

January 13, 1940 ~ January 18, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Obituary

Ralph Lavern Kephart, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on January 13, 1940, the son of Ralph and Laverne (Gregory) Kephart in Cedar Rapids. Ralph graduated from Wilson High School, Coe College, and the University of Iowa.

On September 3, 1960, he was united in marriage to Carol Henry at St. James Church in Cedar Rapids. One son was born to this union. Ralph entered the United States Army in February 1962 and was stationed in Hawaii.  He was honorably discharged in January, 1965.  After serving in the military, Ralph and Carol lived in Cedar Rapids before moving to Manchester. Ralph worked as a school psychologist for many years.

Ralph was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan and was very happy to see the Cubs win the World Series. He enjoyed being a Master Gardener and he loved spending time with his grandson, Michael. Ralph was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Manchester and served as an elder for many years.  He was a volunteer at the Rec Center and was an integral part of starting the Rec Center.  Ralph had a compassionate heart for many people.

Survivors include his son, Stephen (Julia McGrane) Kephart of Cedar Rapids; his grandson, Michael Kephart; his life-long friend, Janet Lammie; and many friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Kephart in 2009, and his parents.

Special thanks to Zeta Neiman for her loving care over all the years.

 

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
January 22, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
312 East Butler Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Visitation
Monday
January 23, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
312 East Butler Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Funeral Service
Monday
January 23, 2023

10:30 AM
First Presbyterian Church
312 East Butler Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Interment with Military Rites following Funeral Service

Oakland Cemetery
North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057

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