Robert Pepple
(1926 - 2017)

Robert Pepple

June 24, 1926

July 24, 2017

Robert (Bob) L. Pepple of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Verta (VJ) Pepple. He is also survived by his son Robert L. Pepple, Jr, known as Sam, and his wife Debra Dahlin Pepple of Lawrence, Kansas; and by his daughter Susan Pepple and her husband Barry Libman of Carlisle, Massachusetts. His grandchildren are Will Pepple of Denver, Colorado and Matt Pepple and his wife Kimberlee Belcher Pepple of Midlothian, Virginia and their children Leo and Cora.

Bob was born June 24, 1926 in Bluford, Illinois to parents Ivan Pepple and Elsie Pepple [Overbey]. The family included his older brother Clarence Pepple (deceased) and younger brother, Wayne Pepple of Odin, Illinois and Palo Alto, California, and the youngest child, a girl, who died in infancy.

Bob attended Dahlgren High School in Dahlgren Illinois, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. He was elected to the national honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

Bob was a World War II veteran and served two years with the Army in the Police Action known as the Korean War.

Bob and his wife VJ were married June 5, 1949. During their 68-year marriage, VJ and Bob moved 26 times to homes in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

Bob spent many years as a district salesman for ARMCO steel in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Topeka. Bob later owned and operated Peerless Roller Mills in Joplin, Missouri.

No memorial service is now planned but friends are invited to share their memories of Bob at For more information contact Susan Pepple at

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My heartfelt condolences go out to your family for the loss of your dear loved one. At Acts 24:15 and Psalm 37:29, our loving God puts before us the prospect of being reunited with our loved ones soon and living forever with them right here on the earth. May this promise bring you much comfort and hope during this difficult time.
someone who cares
October 10th, 2017
I was only a few months old when Uncle Bob and Aunt Verta were married, so I have known them both for many years. Verta and my father, Vance (now deceased), were brother and sister. I remember spending many Christmas holidays at our grandparents' home in Sandoval, IL. Verta and Bob were usually there with Bob Jr (Sam) and Susan. I thought Uncle Bob was one of the most handsome men ever. Not only was Bob handsome and intelligent, he was truly kind and honest--the best of men. We will miss him. Our condolences to Verta, Sam and Debbie, Susan and Barry, and all of the grandchildren.
Ann Blanchfield (niece)
August 1st, 2017
Thank you so much for informing us of Bob's passing. I send our deepest sympathies to Verta, Bob Jr., and Debbie. I feel quite honored to have known Bob for over 25 years. I always looked forward to Bob's visits to Illinois. Sincerely, Doug Kroeschen
Doug Kroeschen (colleague)
July 28th, 2017
I am so very sorry and saddened by the passing of your dad. Even though I only had the opportunity to be with him a few times when your mom and he came east it was so pleasant and comfortable to be with him. A fine gentleman to be remembered. I will be touch with your mom. love Roz
Rosalyn Stein (Mother-in-law of Susan )
July 27th, 2017
At our house, my father-in-law was known for thoughtful evaluation of a topic, generally a business problem, prior to determining a course of action. He would joke that he was not certain all his thinking resulted in a good decision, but no one could say he didn't give it enough thought. He also said it filled the considerable hours he spent behind the wheel of his International truck, staring down the highway, driving throughout the mid-west, delivering his Peerless roller mills.

He was also known for problem-solving. I once told him a story about a situation we had with a client and the series of escalations that were getting us further away from a solution. He listened, then suggested “You might want to re-think your approach on that one.” It was good advice. Susan and I often discuss WWBPD (What Would Bob Pepple Do) before taking action.
Barry Libman (son-in-law)
July 26th, 2017
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