Viola C. (Kempker) Lepper-Ihler

May 28, 1931 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Viola C. Lepper-Ihler, 92 of Eugene, Missouri passed away Sunday, August 27, 2023 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.  She was born May 28, 1931 in Henley, Missouri the daughter of the late Frank H. Kempker, Sr. and Celeste (Looten) Kempker.  On May 20, 1950 in Mary’s Home, Missouri she was united in marriage to Alfred Lepper who preceded her in death on September 7, 1993.  She then married Amos A. Ihler in Mary’s Home, Missouri on October 25, 1997 and he preceded her in death on April 19, 2011.

Survivors include,

Daughters, Sharon Graham (Rick) of Eugene, MO; Lisa Otto (Kevin) of St. Anthony, MO

Daughter-in-law, Nancy Lepper of Eugene, MO

Grandchildren, Tonya Kliethermes, Matt Graham (Debbie), Bradley Lepper (Tara), Clinton Otto (Amanda), Devin Lepper (Olivia), Denise Lepper, Makayla Culwell (Andy), Hayden Otto (Josie), & Mason Otto

Great Grandchildren, Ashlynn & Ryleigh Kliethermes, Brody & Ayla Graham, Eve & Emi Lepper, Austin & Iven Lepper, Sadie, Addison & Alaina Otto, with another Great Grandchild due in March 2024.

Sister-in-law, Norma Jean Lepper, Brother-in-law, Adolph Lepper

Step Daughter, Janie Forck (Stephen) and family

Several Nieces & Nephews

Along with her parents and two husbands, a son, Curtis Lepper, a sister, Lucille Limbach, and a brother, Frank Kempker, Jr. preceded her in death.

Viola began working on the farm milking cows, while she was also employed with International Shoe Company.  She then was employed with the State of Missouri in the Public Safety Division, retiring after twenty-six years.  Viola loved to dance and work on her farm, and loved when folks would listen to her leather case radio.  Her greatest love was sharing her life with family and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 30, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church with the Funeral Mass beginning at 12:00 PM with Rev. Christopher Aubuchon officiating.  Burial will follow at Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery.

Memorials in her name are suggested In Care of the Family. 

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO. 

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August 30, 2023

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

Mary's Home, MO

Funeral Mass
August 30, 2023

12:00 PM
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

Mary's Home, MO


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