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“Though your light has gone out, you will forever be in our hearts.Mary, we am so sorry for your loss.Sending prayers and hugs for comfort at this...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Phyllis and Jim Vanieken-Ryals - DE

“I just wanted to say so sorry for your loss Steve was a great friend my mine and a great coworker and that he will be deeply missed ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Charlie Baynum - Bear, DE

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. With deepest sympathy. ...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Vincent Gildea - Wilmington, DE

“So sad to hear about your passing my dear Friend....Steve was such a caring and wonderful person..that didn't deserve to leave his wife, and family.....Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Culver - Newark, DE

“We send our love, prayers, and sympathy to Mary and all the family. Steve was a wonderful man and will surely be missed. He's home now is his...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Martha & Dave Richard - Lakeland, FL

“Mary and family--My condolences to you on your loss. God needed a rose for his garden and he got a good one here. I graduated with Steve had a great...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Sue Kesner Wimer - Bridgewater, VA

“Mary, we were so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. May God wrap his loving arms you. Charlie and I are Keeping you in ourthoughts and prayers. God...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Charlie and Judy Moyers - Cabins, WV

“Uncle Steve, You taught us so much -- how to lead, how to serve, how to love. You stepped in when Dad passed away and filled the void. I am...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Brad Evick - Harrisonburg, VA

“We are truly sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, comfort you. John 3:16 ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“To Steve's Immediate Family,I'm so sorry for your loss, especially for the suffering you as a family have had to endure. I remember Steve, Pete and...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Brenda Armentrout Haas - VA

“Mary, sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Guy & Sue Harper - Franklin, WV

“Steve and I grew up together while he was living with his grandmohter Glona Keplinger and grandfather Jim Keplinger. We spent many a day running the...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Armentroutt - Upper Tract, WV

“Uncle SteveHe was so much more to me. After losing my granddad and my dad , Steve stepped in and filled the void they had left. He gave me advice...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Billy Evick - Franklin, WV

“Mary and family; I was saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I was working around Church the day of his passing, doing what he enjoyed doing, helping...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Randy Fisher - Wilmington, DE


Steve "Smokey" Keplinger, age 69, of Newark, DE passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Steve graduated class of 1965 from Franklin High School in West Virginia. He moved to Delaware to live with his Uncle Fred and Aunt Betty until his marriage. Steve worked for Chrysler for 30 years and after retirement he worked part-time at Berrodin Auto Parts for 17 years.

He volunteered at the Emmanuel Dining Room and Meals on Wheels for many years, was a member of the Wilmington Church of the Brethren in Richardson Park and a Board member of the American Spirit Federal Credit Union in Newark for 30 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Dora Keplinger of Smoke Hole, WV.

Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years Mary Evick Keplinger, five brothers Pete (Nellie) of Franklin, WV, Nathan and friend Dana , Nick (Kim), Dyke, and Jeremy of Upper Track, WV; two sisters Debbie King (Mike) of Palm Bay, FL and Melodie Humphreys (Bob) of Glen Allen, VA. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 2 PM at Beeson Funeral Home, 2053 Pulaski Hwy, Newark DE 19702 where friends may visit beginning at 1 PM. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 on Dickenson Mountain in Franklin, West Virginia at 11 AM followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711 or the Wilmington Church of the Brethren, 27 Belmont Ave., Wilmington, DE 19804.

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