Marilyn Lucile Kepplinger was born Thursday, October 19, 1933 to Ross and Lucile (Dingman) Hebbert in Scotland, South Dakota. She grew up on the family farm in rural Scotland. Marilyn taught in the country schools in Bon Homme and Hutchinson Counties before starting her 33 years of teaching at the Tripp Public School. In that time, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Southern State College in Springfield, SD and her Master’s Degree in teaching at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Marilyn was eventually the Elementary Principal of Tripp Public School.
Marilyn married Clyde Wayne Kepplinger March 16, 1953. They lived in Scotland for seven years before moving to Tripp, SD. She was active in the Bar Nothing Extension Club, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Tripp Study Club and the Red Hats Society.
Marilyn loved teaching and is remembered by many students as being a stern but fair teacher. She never wanted to be anything else. She loved traveling and enjoyed the winters in Alamo Palms, Texas. She made many friends and was active in the Community Hall serving cookies and ice cream.
Marilyn loved spending time with her family. She looked forward every year to going shopping with her daughters, granddaughters and her niece Mindy. She will be missed greatly.
Marilyn passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 with family by her side.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Clyde of 66 years; her children: Cynthia (Jeff) Van Rooyen of Sioux Falls, SD, Candyce (David) Mogck of Tripp, SD, Darcy (Joel) Permann of Delmont, SD, Kevin (Karen) Kepplinger of Myrtle, Missouri and Val (Tom) Burg of Madison, SD; special niece Mindra Hebbert of Yankton, SD; her brother Larry (Judy) Hebbert, Scotland,SD; sisters-in-law Betty Hebbert in Florida, Ann Hebbert in Arizona, Norma Schamber, Scotland, SD; brothers-in-law Melvin Kepplinger of Scotland, SD and Clark Kepplinger of Florida; her 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Bob and Marvin; sister Joyce Darlene; brothers-in-law Marvin Schamber and Ray Kepplinger and sister-in-law Virginia Kepplinger.
1/12/2020 Karin Mueller Schneider Schleswig, Iowa
Cindy ... I was sorry to read of your mom passing. Have fond memories of all the time I spent with you and your family! My sympathies to your dad and the rest of the family. God's peace!
1/10/2020 Dan & Trudye Fosness Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Clyde & family we are so saddened to hear of your loss. "Mrs. Kepplinger" was a great educational leader in our boys elementary & high school years. Tough love is hard to teach and she did it well. We were blessed by her leadership and kindness in our years in Tripp. God Bless you all with great memories.
~ Trudye & Dan Fosness
1/9/2020 Connie Tinney Farmington, Mn
Clyde and families
We are sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a nice lady and she will be missed. Brian and Connie (Jezek)Tinney
1/8/2020 AnnaPennington Platteville , Wisconsin
Larry and I would like to express our sympathy on the loss of Marilyn. We met her at Alamo Palms, being winter residents. May God wrap his arms around the whole family and help through the grieving.
1/8/2020 Bob & Donna Halfmann Alamo, Texas
We are both every sad to lose our good friend and neighbor. We have so many good memories of both her and Clyde. I’m sure glad I was never one of her students. My Mom passed away several years ago but had was ill for maybe years. I could always talk to her and get good advice. Our prayers are with all of you.
1/7/2020 Cindy Hardman Leonardtown, MD
Uncle Clyde, Cindy, Candace, Darcy, Kevin, and Val and families: I have good memories of Aunt Marilyn and time spent with you all. Prayers for peace. Love, Cindy and Family