Gary M. Tepe
Gary M. Tepe, 39, of Elkhart Indiana died April 14, 2003.
The son of Dennis and Jan Tepe of Elkhart and Beaver Island, Gary
was born on July 12, 1963 and graduated from Ball State University
in 1985, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He also belonged to the Elkhart Optimist Club, the Elks Lodge,
and the International Sanitary Supply Association. The president
of Tepe Sanitary Supply for the last 15 years, Gary often went
outside the boundaries of his job description to help customers
with extended needs including next-day airing supplies
to his Beaver Island customers.
Gary married Betsy A. Rickel in Muncie on August 15, 1987. She
survives along with their daughter, Erin M, son Ryan M, and his
parents, all of Elkhart; two brothers, Steve (Jill) of Bristol
and Larry of Elkhart; and a grandmother, Francis Tepe of Elkhart.
Gary was a friendly, warm man who enjoyed life with a close, loving
family. The Tepe family has been coming to spend time on Beaver
Island for many years, and have owned a summer home here since
the early 1980s, which benefited Gary's love of golf and sport
fishing. Many Island residents remember Gary very fondly, and
have expressed their deepest regrets to his family for their loss.
Memorials may be given to the Erin and Ryan Tepe Scholarship
Fund, c/o Betsy Tepe, 22610 Weatherby Lane, Elkhart IN 46514,
or to Riley Children's Hospital, 710 N. Bavnhill Drive, Indianapolis
I'd like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles
When day is gone.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly
Down the ways,
Or happy times, and laughing times,
And bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve
To dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.
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