George L. “Ske” Lepchenske, 76, of Aviston, formerly of Dextor, Mo., died on Friday Feb. 5, 2016 at his home.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Members of the Aviston American Legion will hold services at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Moss Funeral Home in Breese, with the Rev. Jim Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1939 in Dextor, Mo., to Marvin and Jewell (Reed) Lepchenske. He married Joan Schumacher on Sept. 5, 1998 at Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood, Mo., and she survives in Aviston.
Mr. Lepchenske received his Ph.D., and he was the dean of instruction at the Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Ariz. He retired from the Defense Logistics Agency with the U.S. Department of Defense.
He enjoyed reading and playing cards. He liked football and was a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. He and his wife enjoyed traveling the United States, Mexico and Canada.
He was a member of the Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood, Mo., and American Legion Post 1239 in Aviston.
Also surviving are his children, Craig Lepchenske of Phoenix, Ariz., and Brad (Shenna) Lepchenske of Montgomery, Texas; step-children, Karl (Ann) Belter of Chillicothe, Ill., and Jill (Tim) Bass of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, Tanner and Kendall Lepchenske, Joel, Neil and Paul Belter, and Allison, Jacob and Katie Bass; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sister Celine Schumacher, SSND of St. Louis, Mo., Mary (Ken) Bolhofner of Aviston, Sue Betts of Edwardsville, Ken (Myra) Schumacher of Clayton, Del., Nancy (Pete) Koening of Richmond, Ill., Sharon (Amos) Watkins of St. Louis, Mo., and Janet (Lee) Hackle of Leavenworth, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Syl and Rose (Horstmann) Schumacher; a brother-in-law Don Schumacher.
Memorials may made to the libraries in Dextor, Mo., Breese or Trenton.