In Memory

Robert Shepler

Robert Shepler

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12/29/14 06:34 PM #1    

Jo Daymond (Weddendorf)

Are there any details?  I was trying to find out but only could find someone with the same name who was 85 years old, from Newton, KS.

12/29/14 08:46 PM #2    

Glenn Reeves

It appears that "Rob" Shepler (North High Class of 1972) is "Bob" Shepler's son.

Robert G “Bob” Shepler

October 27, 2014

Robert G. “Bob” Shepler 85, died Monday, October 27, 2014 at Park West Retirement Plaza in Wichita, Kansas. He was born on May 15, 1929 in Netwon, Kansas to Kenneth and Ilona Shepler.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Marilyn Edwards Shepler they were married in 1951 she passed away in 1991.  He married Donzella Moore on December 26, 1993 in Newton Kansas and she survives.

Bob Shepler graduated from Emporia State University in 1950. He played football and held several records.  In 1948, he returned a punt for 74 yards.  He held that record until it was broken in 2001.  He also was a small college All-American in 1950.  He married in 1951 to Marilyn. She passed away in 1991.

After graduating, he coached at Eskridge, Kansas, Nickerson, Kansas, Wichita East High and Eastern New Mexico University. He began coaching at North High School in 1964.  He was the head football coach from 1964 to 1974 and then again from 1978 to 1983.  During that span, he coached 55 All-City performers, 7 Wichita Eagle Top 11 Selections.  In 2009 he ranked 6th all time in wins in the City League.  His record during that time was 101-32.  He had 16 straight winning seasons during those years.  He served as North’s Athletic Director for more than 15 years.  He was the Kansas Athletic Director of the year in 1978-1979.  He also coached wrestling and baseball.  Finally, he coached many classes during that time in the annual River Festival, a North High tradition.

He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family wood working and he more than anything he loved to golf.

He is survived by his wife Donzella and his children Rob Shepler wife Jane Shepler of Folsom, California, Jeff Shepler wife Joan Shepler of Wichita, Kansas and Julie Horsley husband Warren Horsley of Port Angeles, Washington. He also survived by his siblings James Shepler wife Diana of Denver, Colorado and Arletta Tyner of Apache Junction, Arizona.  He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren Tim Shepler, Megan Shepler, Katelin Shepler, Nathan Horsley, Sierra Horsley and Chad Shepler and his 6 great grandchildren Lauriann, Alyssa, Sylis, Dacia, Benjamin & Nicholas.

At this time there will not be a funeral service there will be a Celebration Of Life this coming summer 2015.

12/30/14 12:41 PM #3    

Janice Borgstrom (Massucci)


Very sorry to hear the passing of Coach Shepler.  My deepest sympathy to his family.  



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12/30/14 02:27 PM #4    

Jo Daymond (Weddendorf)

I see now on line and on the website about the loss of Rob from our 72 class.  I also remember his big smile.  So sorry to learn this.  It must be hard on the family to have lost both Rob and his father in such  short time. 

12/31/14 06:58 AM #5    

Lisa Heinemann (Becker)

I don't know details, but Rob has been on a heart transplant  list, and has been ill for the past few years.   He recently took a turn for the worse, and his organs shut down.  They took him home from the hospital just a few days before Christmas  with Hospice care.  Rob's wife is Jane Schroeder.  They have been living in California for many years.   Rob's dad, Coach Bob Shepler, died about a year ago.   Lisa Heinemann Becker

05/25/17 05:53 PM #6    

Glenn Reeves

Shepler, Robert K. "Rob," died Dec. 27, 2014, at his home in Sacramento, Calif. Born in Newton, Kan. on May 31, 1954. Preceded in death by mother, Marilyn Edwards Shepler and father, Robert "Coach" Shepler. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Jane; children, Tim, Megan and Katelin; brother, Jeff (Joan); and sister, Julie (Warren). He spent over 30 years working in the employee benefits industry, and was involved with SAHU and CAHU boards. He was a 20 year member of the Optimist Club of Sacramento, where he served as President and Golf Tournament Chair. He was also a memeber of Sacramento's Romulus Club. Rob was the ultimate family man and friend. A memorial fund in his honor has been set up in care of the Optimist Club, John Boze, 400 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95614.

January 11, 2015
My condolences to the Shepler family during this difficult time. My family was next-door neighbors to Rob and Jane when they were in Wichita, Kansas.
~  Steven Hamilton, Wichita, Kansas

January 11, 2015
So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. 
Shirley Ward & family

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