Obituary: Carl 'Buck' Epley, 93, of Fall Creek, Ill.

Carl "Buck" Epley
Posted: Nov. 16, 2019 5:37 pm Updated: Nov. 18, 2019 9:06 am

Carl "Buck" Epley, 93, of Fall Creek, Ill., passed away at 12:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Nathan Munger will officiate.

Burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Buck's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at the funeral home.

Carl was born Nov. 13, 1926, in Hannibal to Carl Albert Epley and Martha Marie Owens Epley.

He was married to Shirley M. Pope on June 26, 1956, in Hannibal. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2018.

Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Blacketer of Fall Creek, Ill.; four grandchildren, Richard Epley (Andrea), Lisa Sturtevant (Dan), Justin Blacketer and Brittany Fazio (Jason); four great-grandchildren, Brandon Epley (Dakota), Jeremy Epley, Tyler Sturtevant and Matt Sturtevant; and two great-great-grandchildren, Sofia and Sadie Epley. He is also survived by four brothers, Donald Epley (Charlotte), Virgil Epley (Joleah), John Epley (Ruth) and Ronnie Epley (Barb); two sisters, Naomi Bradshaw and Kathryn Chaplin; one sister-in-law, Maybelle Epley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold "Pete" Epley and Buzzy Epley; and one aunt, Violet Owens.

Buck served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Professionally Buck was the owner and operator of Main Fisheries located in Hannibal and East Hannibal, Ill.

A lover of nature, Buck simply enjoyed being outdoors, whether watching the Mississippi River roll by or feeding some of his favorite wildlife friends, some of which included squirrels, possums, raccoons and rabbits. Visits at area coffee shops with friends were also times that Buck took pleasure in. Old time country music and Atlanta Braves baseball were also a few of Buck's favorites. Most of all Buck cherished his family. He always enjoyed the moments they shared together, especially those spent with his grandchildren.

Buck was a Christian by faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

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