Harry’s life began on January 21, 1927 in west Texas. He is the son of Edward and Mildred Keplar. Harry served his country in the United States Army during the end of World War II and during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to the former Velma Odle on July 3, 1949 in El Dorado. Harry worked as an electrical engineer for the pipeline industry for many years. He is a 60 plus years member of Temple Baptist Church, former board member and volunteer of the Kansas Oil Museum, and volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He loved life on the farm where he worked on his projects like the first barrel train in the area, his horseless carriage and his Ferris wheel. Harry had a mechanical mind and could figure out and fix most anything. He was featured in a Hatteburg’s People story on KPTS and his barn once graced the cover of the Butler County Magazine. Harry’s loving family includes his wife of 69 years Velma Keplar of El Dorado; children Don (Cathy) Keplar of Andover, Linda (Randy) Noeller of Augusta, and Judy (Larry) Wilson of El Dorado; grandchildren Kimberly (Richard Myers) Keplar, Gabriel Keplar, Jacob (Stacey) Keplar, Danny (Sheri) Noeller, Alan (Jessica) Noeller, Kevin (Julie) Noeller, Aaron (Jennifer) Wilson and Darryl Wilson; 15 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Harry passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday July 19, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings. His family will gather with friends on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church led by Pastor Ron Jones. He will be laid to rest in Walnut Valley Memorial Park with military honors. Memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be directed to the Temple Baptist Church or the Kansas Oil Museum. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Harry at www.carlsoncolonial.com.
Kansas Oil Museum
383 E. Central Ave., El Dorado KS 67042
Temple Baptist Church
925 Douglas Rd, El Dorado KS 67042