Rev. Boyd D. Stepler, 93, St. Cloud, FLA , a pastor of Saron United Church of Christ, in the 1960s and 1970s, and a Florida resident since 1988, passed away at 5:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at Plantation Bay Rehabilitation Center in St. Cloud, FL.
Prior to his ordination into the United Church of Christ in 1957, he owned/operated a commercial and Christmas tree farm, also driving schools, in Indiana; worked with Purdue University and DeKalb Company, on a joint hybrid field corn project; and served as Adams County agent, under the Indiana Department of Agriculture; also, worked with Automobile Association of America. He also tuned pianos, tested soil for farmers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio; and repaired tires.
A native of Indiana and a direct descendent of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, he was born in Decatur, on Dec. 27, 1914, to the late Daniel E. and Ida M. (Reichenbach) Stepler.
He is survived by his second wife, Mary Elizabeth (Martin) Stepler; two daughters Sandra K. Stepler Hajtovik, of FL, and Lynne (Larry) R. Plew, St. Cloud; three grandchildren, Robert D. Hajtovik and Donna (Robert) M. Chung, both of Florida, and Tara (Jason) Y. Rohter, Orlando; nieces Joann (Stepler) Welch and Audrey Stepler, both of Fort Wayne, and nephew Jack (Barbara) Stepler; great nieces and nephews; three step-children, three step-grandchildren, and two step-great grandchildren.
In September, 1938, he married Frieda Inniger, Berne, a secretary and seamstress, who preceeded him in death in 1986. Also preceeding were an infant daughter Tracey, and his brother Freeman Stepler, and sister-in-law Ethel (Worthman), of Decatur.
A memorial service, for family and friends, was held on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at the St. Cloud Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Bert Lawrence, a retired UCC clergy and close friend of Rev. Stepler presenting the funeral address, and Rev. Steven Graves officiating.
Burial will be in the springtime at St. Luke's Church Cemetery, Honduras (Decatur).
Memorials may be sent to: The Christmas Fund, Boyd D. Stepler Account, The Pension Boards UCC, 475 Riverside Drive, Rm. 1020, New York, N. Y. 10115. The Fund provides support to retired UCC ministers.