- June 23, 2010
of Stanton's Passing
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Stanton Newell Schrepfer, 87, devoted husband of Ernestine Schrepfer, peacefully passed away at dawn on June 22, 2010 in Fort Madison. He was born on May 11, 1923 in Hillsboro, IA to Ralph and Hazel (Pfeifer) Schrepfer and graduated from Salem High School, Salem, IA. He married Ernestine Frances DeCoursey on July 6, 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina prior to Stanton's deployment overseas. Last summer they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Ernestine left this world earlier this year on January 11th.
Stanton has four children: Terrence Schrepfer (wife: Paulette), Fort Madison; Sheryl Mekemson (husband: Dennis), Hopkinton, MA; Sheila Rodenbaugh (husband: Dana), Woodland Park, CO; and Kurt Schrepfer (wife: Lynn), Shawnee, KS. He also loved his grandchildren: Shawn Schrepfer (wife: Julie) and Lance Schrepfer (fiancé: Kamryn Bitting), Fort Madison; Newell Mekemson of San Diego, CA and Catherine Mekemson of Hopkinton, MA; Aaron Rodenbaugh, Kansas City, KS (who preceded him in death) and Sarah Rodenbaugh, Los Angeles, CA; and Grant and Hannah Schrepfer of Shawnee, KS. He has two great-grandchildren: Blake and Hattie Schrepfer, Fort Madison. He also has a surviving brother, Gilbert Schrepfer of Bonaparte, IA.
He achieved the rank of T5 while proudly serving in the U.S. Army 15th Major Port Transportation Corps in World War II. His unit received a Presidential Commendation for operations in Liverpool and Southampton, England ports during the battle of the Britain and Normandy landings.
Stanton was a career Santa Fe railroader, beginning as a storekeeper for the storehouse, and later a Burro crane operator in Fort Madison until the shops were closed. He then transferred to the Argentine shop in Kansas City, KS, where he worked as a liaison between Santa Fe and General Electric. He retired in 1983. He was an expert carpenter, designing and building his and Ernestine's first two homes. He was infamous for growing hot peppers, making, and canning his own hot sauce. It was not an acceptable "mix" unless sweat would break out on top of his bald head. Stanton was also an avid bowler and secretary of the Santa Fe Bowling League. His love of bowling continued through his accomplished Wii bowling scores at SunnyBrook Assisted Living in Fort Madison. Stanton always enjoyed sketching, painting and craftwork. He loved his Shetland Sheepdogs, especially his current sheltie, Tiffy or "Bubba", who would follow him around and pick up anything he dropped to give back to him, whether he wanted it or not. Stan believed he and Tiffy shared their own private language. After Stanton and Ernestine's retirement, Stanton designed and built their dream house at Leisure Lake in Trenton, MO where they enjoyed an active life, fishing, boating, friends, visits from their children and grandchildren, and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. During retirement they toured the east and southeast U.S. coasts. A European trip culminated with a memorable stay with relatives in Ginsheim, Germany.
He was a member of VFW, American Legion, Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, and National Association of Retired Railway Employees.
Stanton was preceded in death by both parents, Ralph and Hazel Schrepfer; two brothers, Warren "Bud" Schrepfer and Lawrence Schrepfer; twin sisters, Velda Schrepfer and Verda Krebill.
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25th, 2010. The family will meet with friends from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening immediately followed by the rosary at King-Lynk Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Madison. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Mark P. Spring officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard and burial will be held at Soldiers' Circle in Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison.
In lieu of flowers, Stanton wished donations to go to Sacred Heart Church Window Restoration Fund or PAWS animal shelter. Online condolences may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home and Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com. The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the Fort Madison SunnyBrook staff.