William C. Hepting


William Carl Henry Hepting was a fighter pilot. He arrived March 31, 1933 in Alberta, Canada at Hines Creek along the Peace River. He reached his final destination in heaven on February 26, 2019. His ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) was 3:35 p.m. He is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and was baptized on April 12, 1933 and confirmed April 14, 1946. We believe heaven is his eternal home.


When someone is traveling far away and you are not going to see them for a long time, you are really sad and you will miss them but you know you will see them again. If they are going where there are loved ones, family and friends, who they have not seen in a long time, the people are so happy to see them and joyful to be with them again, like the journey from earth to heaven and Jesus is like the plane who carries them there.


Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.    


Bill attended Baden Elementary School. He graduated from St. Paul's Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO. Following his high school graduation he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where he studied forestry. He would hitch hike back and forth from Emma. He worked at the creamery in his summers to pay for his college. He shot and cleaned rabbits for 70 cents each. After college he joined the United States Air Force. He was 1st stationed at Spence Air Force Base in Moultrie, Georgia where he met Sue Evelyn Wilson. They were married on June 15, 1956. They were stationed at Griffis Air Force Base in Rome, New York where Steve was born. They moved to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, then David was born in Kirksville, MO. They moved to Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama where Doug was born. While with the Air Force he was a fighter pilot flying the F89 Fighter jets. Following his discharge from the Air Force in 1963, they moved to Independence, MO where Beverly and Kenneth were born.


Sue preceded him in death on December 5, 2008.


Bill was employed as an air traffic controller, retiring in 1983. During those years they had a farm in Odessa, MO where they planted ten acres of strawberries by hand, then added four more acres later. They hoed them by hand with the help of their children and a Roto tiller. They purchased Cantnor Lake, then Pete's Pass. Following retirement they moved to Clinton to the house on Water Street.They built an earth contact home on their strip-pit land and continued to purchase additional properties. 


William loved the great outdoors, watching birds, hunting, fishing and gardening. He enjoyed getting his hands dirty on the farm, watching his plants grow to maturity. He also was an avid coin collector. 


Surviving are four sons, Stephen Hepting, David Hepting, Douglas Hepting and wife Donna, and Kenneth Hepting and wife Cindy; one daughter, Beverly Garr and husband Larry; seven grandchildren, Tracey, Brooke, Jacob, Jennie and husband Matt, Matthew, Robbie and wife Dawn, and Joey; seven great-grandchildren, Brayden, Dayton, Jaxon, Jayce, Damon, Shianne and Rilley; one great-great-grandchild, Jacklyn; three brothers, Carl Hepting and wife Rosalyn, Tom Hepting and Tim Hepting and wife Janet; one sister, Esther Hartmann and husband Robert; and a host of other family and friends. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Wilhelm Hepting and Hilda (Mueller) Hepting; and one great-granddaughter, Gracie Lynn Myers.


Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 95 East Highway 7, Clinton, MO. The family will receive friends at the church from Noon to 2:00 p.m., just prior to the funeral service.  Friends may call Monday from Noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will be in Englewood Cemetery. Military services at the grave under the direction of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1894, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Trinity Lutheran Church, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.  


Special thanks to the staff of Lincoln Community Care Center, Heartland Hospice, AMVETS and Pastor Jesse Kueker.


"The good men perish; the Godly die before their time and no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from the evil days ahead. For the Godly who die shall rest in peace."  Isaiah 57, verses 1 and 2.