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June 2003
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McDonough’s Market - 70 Years serving Beaver Island

Don't bother trying to fix it … if it's not Baroque

Graduation Time

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Plans for the 4th of July

The Historical Society releases the schedule for Museum Week

BIPOA Nature Lecture: Painted Turtles of the Beaver Archipelago

CMU Summer Nature Walk series

BIRHC to Raffle Truck

Health Center Groundbreaking

The State of the Internet on Beaver Island

Honoring Bev and Mike

On This Date

One Hundred Years Ago

A Fine Spring Concert

An Environmental Protection section proposed for our Zoning Ordinance

Passings: Robert Smith; Gary Tepe; Margaret Way; Dan Green

Rural Arts & Culture Grant Update

Mary Gets a New Gallery

Roasting Jerry

The Sun Also Rises … over PABI's Community House: Summer Solstice Celebrations

The Class Play: A Class Act

Lighthouse School News

News from the Townships

Work at Beaver Head

BICS Students get Handhelds

Island Airways Hanger Party

Emerald Isle Security Exercise

Making a Walleye Pond

The Leadership Retreat suggests an approach for the Lansing Reception

A Report on The Lansing Reception

Peaine Township helps the Island move closer to a Master Plan

The AmVets in Action: yellow ribbons and posters

Weather or Not

Camp Quality Returns

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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 IN 46202.

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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