MAPLE CITY — Donald J. Peplinski, 59, of Maple City went home to be with his Lord Oct. 26, 2012.
He was the beloved husband of Debra S. Peplinski; adoring father of Joshua James and Brandon Scott. He fondly embraced and loved Jessica Lambert and Amelia Vanderberg as his girls. This past December he became the delighted Grandpa (Dzia Dzia) to Sky whom he affectionally called "His Little Buckwheat."
A devoted son, Don was born Oct. 3, 1953, in Traverse City, to Edward J. and Beatrice P. Peplinski. A loving brother to Robert Peplinski of Lake Ann, Ruth Sebaly (Kurt) of Trenton, Sharon Conley (Steve) of Middletown, Md., Edward Peplinski Jr. of Springfield, Mass., Diana Tarsa (Stephen) of Cedar, and Neil Peplinski (Heather) of Chicago; brother-in law to Carole Gibbs (Kent), Sandra Spinniken (James), and Charles Wepking (Dorothy): and son-in-law to Jeanette E Wepking and the late Charles Wepking Sr. Don had 23 nieces and nephews, and 17 great-nieces and nephews, who were all "his favorites"; and many aunts and uncles he cherished. Last but not least, his dearest "Life Group" friends in Christ — too numerous to count or name.
Don graduated in 1971 from Glen Lake Community High School. After graduation, he proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps as an E-5 sergeant in Okinawa and California before relocating to Maple City.
On Nov. 6, 1976, he married the love of his life, Debra Wepking.
After having a variety of jobs, in 1979 he went to work for Continental Telephone, which later became Century Telephone then CenturyTel. He served his utility community as a lineman in his early years and later as a service technician in charge of the Honor exchange, retiring in May of 2009 after 30 years.
Don led his life by example and utilized his passions and talents as a tool to serve his faith and family. He was also known for the many military vehicles he restored. He was a master mechanic, engineer, fabricator, and modifier. His inherent sense to navigate life's challenges lead him into the woods to hunt, fish and listen for God's voice. His love for life was contagious and as a natural prankster he was always looking for an opportunity to share a smile and find a way to create a laugh.
Don was an active member of Bay Pointe Community Church and many community affairs.
Visitation will take place today, Oct. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Celebration of Don's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Bay Pointe Community Church, 6880 Secor Rd, Traverse City.
Memorials may be directed to Bright Hope International, 2060 Stonington Ave., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 to benefit a Clean Water Well. Bay Pointe/Haiti/Peplinski. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.
Please share your memories, thoughts and photos of Don with his family by way of his online tribute wall and guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.