Leo N. Kepler: 1916-2017
"Lucky Leo" was born in New Mexico July 3, 1916, the oldest child of Matilda and Norman Kepler, and died Jan. 29, 2017. He was raised in Portland, Oregon, which is where he met and married the love of his life, Ruth Fitzpatrick. They were married for 64 years, until Ruth passed away in 2006.
Settling in Edmonds, they built a home on Lake Ballinger, where they raised their five children. He retired after working 35 years as a salesman for Appleton Electric Co.
Leo lived a very active life. He and Ruthie danced their way around the world on cruise ships for many years. He was a basketball referee and played in several softball World Series tournaments for seniors. He was an avid fisherman, where no trout was safe if Leo was on the water.
Leo's claim to fame was that he was one of the people who named the Seattle Seahawks. He carried his plaque from the Seahawks organization with him as a badge of honor.
Leo turned 100 years old on July 3, 2016 surrounded by friends and family. It was a very special celebration to honor a very special man.
Leo will now be reunited with Ruthie and their beautiful daughter Colleen Ann. He is survived by his sons Mike and Jim (Barbara), daughters Shannon (Lorrin) and Maureen (Randall), three grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday Feb. 10, at Saint Pius X Catholic Church, 22209 58th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace.
The family would like to thank Leo's son-in-law Randall, who played countless games of cribbage with him; Jennifer and the wonderful caregivers at Blueberry Gardens in Bothell for all the love and companionship they gave Leo; and a heartfelt thank you to Leo's buddy Dave Lynch – the best friend a guy could ever have.
Although he will be deeply missed, he will be forever in our hearts. We're gonna miss you, Pop. Please share memories at www.becksfuneralhome.com.