Obit: Leona R. Kepner

Leona R. Kepner, 89, of Dushore, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born October 15, 1927 in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, she was a daughter of the late Wilmer Lester and Bernice L. (Hill) Reed. Her husband of 59 years, William E. Kepner Sr., preceded her in death on July 16, 2005.

Leona retired from the former Bro Dart’s as a quality control manager. She and her late husband also farmed for many years on their family farm in Moreland Township. Leona was a devoted mother who enjoyed cooking and baking, winning numerous awards for her pies at several local fairs. She was a spiritual women who currently attended the New Albany Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, William E. Kepner Jr. of Dushore; a brother, Fred L. Reed of Hughesville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Buddy.

In addition to her parents and husband, Leona was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Lawrence, and Sylvan Reed; and a sister, Effie Rupert.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Rev. Terry R. Van Horn officiating. A private family burial will follow in Forksville Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Dushore Fire Company, P.O. Box 517, Dushore, PA 18614.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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