Louis Carl Epley, 90, of Nokomis, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Albert Allen presiding. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Nokomis. Military Honors will be provided by the Funeral Honors Team and the Local Waples-Bauer American Legion Post #94 at the graveside.
Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Epley was born February 9, 1931 in Nokomis, the son of Lester and Caroline (Hoehn) Epley. He married Patsy Niehaus on February 20, 1955 in Taylorville.
He was a veteran, a Corporal of the United States Army having served during the Korean War in Germany and was honorably discharged. He worked as a laborer and coal miner for several years at the Freeman Crown coal mine in Farmersville and Virden until his retirement in the mid 1990s.
Mr. Epley was a member of the former St. Barbara Catholic Church in Witt, the St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, the Knights of Columbus 2189, and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; children Edward “Rocky” Epley of Springfield, Terry Epley of Springfield, Tammy (husband Marvin) Johnson of Nokomis, Barry Epley of Nokomis, Tracy (wife Cathy) Epley of Hillsboro, Monte (wife Pacey) Epley of Nokomis, and Toni Robertson of Nokomis; grandchildren Nathan, Ryan, Blake, Diedre, Megan, Cody, and Brock; 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and siblings Rita Spannagel of Taylorville, Lorraine Halford of Harristown, Bernice Tuetken of Irving, Mary Ann Stortzum of Dieterich, Ruth Herpstreith of Nokomis, Barb Drewes of Chatham, and Leo Epley of Washington.
Mr. Epley was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ken Epley and Bob Epley; sisters Rose Marie Clavin and Marie Epley in infancy; and great-grandchild Caston Hanger.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the St. Louis Catholic School, the St. Louis Catholic Church, or the Nokomis Athletic Club.