Joseph Lepo, 93, died April 22, 2013, at 10:37 a.m. at his residence.
He was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Dilles Bottom, the son of the late Thomas Lepo and the late Dragiza “Dorothy” Tokovich Lepo.
He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945.
On Sept. 23, 1944, he married Maria Becic, she preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 2009. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and a life member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. Joseph Lepo, our beloved father, at 93 years old passed away unexpectedly, yet gifted, peacefully. He has left behind a legacy of promoting individualism, purposeful living and giving, and civic and community pride and commitment. For a span of 68 years, starting at a point of military service during World War II, and traversing through various magazine and newspaper editorships and publishing and public relation positions throughout the United States. He spent many years as the American Mall manager and public relations director for Cafaro Development in Lima. He utilized this position to be his conduit to serve his community. The list of organizations, civic and public events and fund drives he either created, initiated or sponsored would be very numerous, thus he was always bestowed an honorary membership. Joseph Lepo served his family, his community. His reward would be to carry-on his torch.
Surviving are sons, John Lepo, of Whitefish, Mont., Robert (Anne) Lepo, of Lima, and David Lepo, of Lima; a grandchild, Brittany; two sisters, Kay Arendec, and Meg Bavic; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Lepo; and three sisters, Mary Stora, Betty Thorstenson and Ann Volpe.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.
Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Allentown Cemetery, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275. The Rev. David M. Ross and the Rev. David Harris will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to ArtSpace Lima, 65-67 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801; Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or Senior Citizens Inc., 3400 W. Elm St., Lima, OH 45807.
Online condolences may be made to the family at chamberlainhuckeriede.com.