Harry Verwayne Heppler, 89, of Bettendorf, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service. Those attending are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. Memorials may be directed to The Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation.
Harry was born on January 4, 1932 in Reed, Kentucky, the son of Leonard and Wyatt Josephine (Bennett) Heppler. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his military obligation, he attended Evansville College and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. On August 20, 1955, he was united in marriage to Peggy E. Gwaltney in Fort Branch, Indiana. Prior to his retirement in 1993, Harry worked as a mechanical engineer and manager of the Plate Mill Finishing department at Alcoa for 35 years. He enjoyed helping his son-in-law farm, traveling, taking vacations, and could always be found behind the camera videotaping his family. Harry always had a hug for any one he met, and was always willing to lend a hand or helpful advice. He was known for his wit while hosting retirement roasts for his fellow Alcoa retirees, and for his outgoing personality. Harry was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Quad City Video Club, Alcoa Retirees Club, and Asbury United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher for many years.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife of 65 years, Peggy Heppler of Bettendorf; daughters, Donna (Ed) Burhop of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Karen (Dan) Schurr of LeClaire; son, Steven (I Mei) Heppler of Boise, Idaho; sister, Jo Marilyn Adkisson of Reed, Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Seth Heppler of Boise, Nick (Regina Pauly) Schurr of New York, New York, Sammi (Jon) Brueggen of LeClaire, Madeline Ognenoff of Oak Creek, Allison Schurr of St. Paul, Minnesota, Tim Heppler of Boise, Doug Heppler of Boise; and three great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Ryker, and Myla Brueggen.