SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Vernon M. Heipler, 93, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully of natural causes Saturday morning, April 28, 2012 at Christopher House in Worcester. Vern celebrated his 93rd birthday with his family by his side on Wednesday, April 25. Vern was diabetic for over 50 years and suffered from many of the complications of this disease.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in East Stroudsburg, PA, he was the son of the late Harvey and Anna (Serfas) Heipler. He graduated from East Stroudsburg H.S. and began his career in the finance industry and in 1961 moved his family to MA to start a new business. He retired at 62.
He was a proud WWII U.S. Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theater, specifically in the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia and finally Japan.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret (Roth) Heipler of Shrewsbury, two sons, Vaughn and his wife Christine of Orange, and George and his wife Janice of Shrewsbury; grandchildren Katrina Gadaire and her husband Derek, Chad Heipler and his wife Kathleen, Kristin Contois and her husband Don, and Jin Jin and Mei Mei Heipler; great grandchildren Zachary and Joshua Gadaire; Aidan, Daniel and Ryan Heipler; Cheyanne Contois.
After retiring Vernon and Margaret enjoyed many overseas trips and also enjoyed seeing the USA in their Airstream. They enjoyed working at numerous National Parks. He loved the open road, reading, nature and tinkering. He had a good and full life. Vernon donated his body to science and medical research.
Funeral and memorial services are incomplete. Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or call 1-800-342-2383.
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