GEPHART, James Dec 16, 2018

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James R. Gephart (Jim), 90, passed away on December 16th, 2018, after a brief illness. Jim was a funeral home and nursing home owner, having operated the Gephart Funeral Home and Gephart Insurance Agency in Ladoga, IN from 1959-1970. Jim and his wife also built and operated five nursing homes in Ladoga, Brownsburg, Lebanon, Plainfield, and Castleton from 1969-1987. Jim was a veteran of the US Army, from 1950-1953, during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Master Command Sergeant, US Army 8164th Army Unit. Jim was a proud veteran that experienced the beauty and honor of going on the Indy Honor flight to Washington, DC in 2016. In addition to the businesses he created and owned with Irene, Jim's long list of personal and business accomplishments and recognitions include; awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert Orr, elected President, National Association Board of Examiners for Health Care Administrators, appointed to three consecutive terms to the Indiana State Health Facility Administrator's Board, and elected President, Indiana Health Care Association. Jim held state licenses as a funeral director, insurance agent, and health care administrator. In addition to his business interest and accomplishments, Jim's many civic, church, and social memberships included; Calvary United Methodist Church, Brownsburg, Connection Pointe Christian Church, Brownsburg, Masonic Lodge, Ladoga Lodge 187 F. and A.M, Valley Scottish Rite, Indianapolis-Murat Shrine, American Legion- Post 331, Brownsburg, Indianapolis 500 Shrine Club, Demolay, Indianapolis 500 OLDTIMERS Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 10097, Ft. Myers Beach, FL, and the Elks Lodge. Jim was married to his high school sweetheart, Opal Irene, on April 21, 1951. They were married for 48 years until Irene's passing on Aug. 27, 1999. Jim married Mary Catherine Schrader on Nov. 8, 2003. They were married for 15 years until Jim's passing. She survives. Additional family members preceding Jim in death include his infant son, his parents, Ernest Leo, Sr. and Nellie Gephart, his brothers Leo, Jr. and Bill, and sister, Betty, and his nephew, Michael Gephart. In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by; sister, Judy Kurtz; daughter Pamela Diane Gephart Hepfer; son, Marc Douglas Gephart and Marc's Life Partner Eric Blanchard; Eric, Gay, Evan and Amaris Houston; his Grandson, Justin Robert Brown (wife Julie), parents to two of Jim's five great-grandchildren, Oliver and Henry Brown; Granddaughter Ashley Newton (husband Tommy), parents to three of Jim's great-grandchildren, Scotty, Seth, and Madison Newton; nephews Jeff (Patti) Gephart and Jay Scott (Jana) Gephart, and niece Cathy (Marshall) Fields. Jim was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, employer, and friend to the many who knew him. He was loving and generous in his relationships and he always was sincere and kind to all he encountered. His business acumen and his leadership in the places where he lived and worked, coupled with his entrepreneurial gifts leave an indelible mark and lasting legacies in the businesses he created and the communities he served. Graveside services for his family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 12, 2019, at the KOFP Cemetery, located at the southeast corner of US136 and SR39 in Lizton, IN., followed by a luncheon at 1 p.m. to honor his lasting legacy for all that knew him at the Calvary United Methodist Church, located at 575 West Northfield Drive in Brownsburg, IN. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that we honor Jim's stated wishes to provide memorial contributions to: Transportation Club – Murat Shrine, 510 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1567. On-line condolences for Jim's family and memories of Jim may be left at

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