J. Harley Epperson Jr.

Born: Mon., Apr. 7, 1919
Died: Sun., Jun. 28, 2015


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Fri., Jul. 03, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Jul. 03, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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Harley Epperson Jr., 96, of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Quincy, Illinois, died at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Maryville, Missouri.

Harley was born on April 7, 1919 in Kirksville, Missouri on the family farm. Harley was the son of Harley Senior and Helena Kumm Epperson. He married Elma Marie Brickman on August 24, 1940 in Quincy, Illinois.  She survives and is living at the Golden Living Center in Maryville, Missouri.

Harley was a member of the Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ where he was active with Men's Brotherhood, served on the Church Council, and taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Quincy American Legion Post 37, VFW Post 5126 and the DAV. Harley proudly served his country in Company L 309th Infantry Regiment 78th Infantry Division during WW II.

Harley worked for Quincy Compressor before he went to Germany in 1944. When he returned from the Second World War, he joined his dad, Harley Sr., as a partner at Epperson’s Shoe Repair. Harley expanded the business to include saw sharpening and lawnmower repair. He also tucked in combine canvas replacement and repair for good measure.

Elma joined both Harleys in the business that operated at 1735 Broadway. In 1963, Harley and Elma purchased a parcel at 1220 Broadway and built a Butler building. They operated Epperson's Shoe Repair, Lawnmower, and Saw Service from this site for many years. Harley and Elma served the Quincy community as small business owners for over 60 years.

In his retirement, Harley entered the electronic age and learned to use a computer. He took an online writing course at John Wood Community College. He was a gifted storyteller and began expressing his rich imagination and humor by writing fictional stories. There are several thick notebooks on his shelf of these amazing stories. Until recently, he loved surfing the internet. He was the first person at Golden Living Center to have internet access in his room.

Harley’s survivors include his wife of 74 years, Elma; his son, Denny Epperson (Bonnie) of Santa Barbara, California; his daughter, Nancy Foley of Maryville, Missouri; her sons Justin Foley (Laura) of Columbia, Missouri and their son David, two; Trevor Foley (Kami) from Jefferson City, Missouri and their two children Teagan, five and Tenley sixteen months; his daughter Jan Austin Bayless (Bob) of Mill Valley, California; her son Cael Kendall (Rebecca) of Charlottesville, Virginia and their two children Opal, eight and Zeb, five; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mr. Epperson was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Fern Bowen (Don), Alma Brown (Harold) and Winifred Wills (Tom).

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Rev. Tim White officiating.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be in Greenmount Cemetery.  

Visitation will be Friday morning from 9:30 until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ.

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Paul K. Geers
   Posted Wed July 01, 2015
Dear Epperson family,
I thought of him many times over the years as I had said many times to him, The best Dam cobbler in the city of Quincy, I even sang that to him once when he and his wife was celebrating their wedding anniversary at the Pier one night in the mid 1990's. Honest and caring, I sure knew many good people in Quincy in my time.
God rest his soul now.

Janet Hayden (Sittler)
   Posted Wed July 01, 2015
Dad did get the message from your dad's passing. Your folks and my dad have lived good, long, comfortable lives and I'm sure you are grateful for that just like I am. I do remember the many times our families got together and cherish those memories. I hope your whole family, especially your mom, will find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Don Benz
   Posted Wed July 01, 2015
Elma and Family - I am sorry for your loss - Elma and Harley were my neighbors on Lind St when I was growing up. Mom would send me to pick up repaired shoes, at the house or shop. Wonderful community people! I wish you peace.

Rodney Hoffman
   Posted Thu July 02, 2015
Denny, Nancy and family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I remember a lot of trips to the store on Broadway to get shoes repaired. Everyone in the store was always so nice and helpful. I know that many are thinking of you at this time. I appreciate his service!

Anne Henkenmeier Woomer
   Posted Fri July 03, 2015
I was so sorry to read of Mr. Epperson's passing. I remember going with my dad to his shop to get the lawn mower's blades sharpened. Mr. Epperson was so patient with my many questions - and I did always seem to have lots of questions! God bless!

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