PAULDING – Ephraim Kipfer Jr. passed away Thursday, July 4, at the Country Inn Enhanced Center, Paulding.

He was born July 7, 1926, in Grabill, Ind., the son of the late Ulrich and Esther (Bertsch) Kipfer. Ephraim graduated from Leo High School in 1944 and shortly after was drafted into the US Army as part of the WWII efforts. He served in Patton’s Third Army, Armored Division and later in the US military government in Germany. He was forever thankful he was allowed to return to the US and later give his heart to the Lord in 1958. He was a member of the Leo and Latty Apostolic Christian Churches for a combined 60 years.

On April 16, 1950, he married Marilyn Peters, who preceded him in death. They were married 68 years.

He worked at International Harvester before becoming a rural mail carrier in the Grabill office. He always valued his many mail patrons and appreciated the friendships that ensued.

In 1974 Ephraim and Marilyn moved to Paulding and continued his dad’s Kipfer Cheese House for another 11 years.

He and Marilyn were privileged to spend 21 winters together in Florida during their retirement strengthening their Christian friendships.

Ephraim is survived by his two children, Ricki (Jim Glessner) Gerber of Sterling and Jon (Suzanne) Kipfer, Rittman; grandchildren, Amanda Gerber, Tyler (Janna) Gerber, Brandon (Stacy) Kipfer, David (Roxanne) Kipfer, Daniel (Maddie) Kipfer, Joshua Kipfer, Joel Kipfer; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Rager, Mary Ann Rozevink, Esther Stoller; and sister-in-law Ramona Kipfer.

He also was preceded in death by a special stepmother, Frieda (Greuter) Kipfer; two sisters, Alice Yates and Margaret Schlatter, and three brothers; Henry, Ralph and Joseph Kipfer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Latty. He will be laid to rest in the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Visitation also be on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made to Apostolic Church “Harvest Call” or Latty Apostolic Alms Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.