Mr. Keplar worked as a buyer for Warehouse of Fixtures in St. Louis before his retirement. In recent years, he was associated with the St. Clair County Office on Aging and Programs and Services for Older Persons, for whom he worked. He enjoyed traveling and visiting with his friends in Belize. He loved animals and was a strong supporter of various humane societies and the ASPCA. Gary was a United States Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Mamie, nee Haney, Keplar; and a brother, William “Billy” Keplar.
Surviving are his dear friend and companion of 44 years, Eugene Verdu;
and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society, to the Belleville Programs and Services for Older Persons, or to the St. Clair County Office on Aging. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Sister Gabrielle Rowe officiating.