In Loving

Robert Ralph Kepple

Jul 26, 1925 – Apr 03, 2014

Robert R. Kepple, 88 died of cancer April 3, 2014, at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisa. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Kepple of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and had lived in Louisa County since 1986.After growing up in Altoona, Mr. Kepple was drafted into the Army during World War II. He served in a special intelligence unit that operated between the German and American Lines and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge, three Battle Stars, and a French decoration for his heroism.After the war, Mr. Kepple earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a masters’ degree in library science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Among other positions in his long career as a technical librarian, he directed the library at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria and The R. E. Gibson Library of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland.Upon retirement, Mr. Kepple, together with one of his sons, pioneered a homestead near Mineral, and he and his wife lived there for many years,Mr Kepple leaves behind his wife, Beatrice; two sons, Laurence and Stephen; their wives, Debby and Shelia, respectively; and two grandsons, Timothy and Daniel.Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louis, VA. Mr. Kepple was buried with honors at the Quantico National Cemetery.