Mountain Lake Observer -
Funeral services for Roy Epp, 83, Mt. Lake, were held Monday, April 27, 1998, at the First Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake with Rev. S. Roy Kaufman officiating. Burial followed the service in the Delft Cemetery. Roy died on Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD.
Roy Alfred Epp, the son of Gerhardt P. and Sarah E. (Unruh) Epp, was born June 17, 1914, near Inverness, MT. He received his education in Cottonwood County country schools, and he graduated from the Bingham Lake High School in 1934.
In 1939 and 1940 he worked as a buttermaker in the creamery in Lakefield. On June 1, 1941, Roy was baptized upon confession of his faith at the First Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake, where he remained a faithful member serving on the building committee, as Sunday school superintendent and teacher, youth advisor, singing in the choir, trustee, and on various other committees.
On July 21, 1941, he was united in marriage to Louise Susan Goossen in a garden wedding at her mother's, Mrs. P. F. Goossen, home. Roy served in the U. S. Army from September 1941 to December 1945 as a 1st Sergeant in the Quarter Master Corps. His duty included time in England and Folembray, France.
Upon returning home, he and Louise farmed together and faithfully cared for the soil until they retired from farming in 1972. From 1972 to 1983, Roy worked for Balzer Manufacturing in Mt. Lake.
Following his retirement they moved into Mt. Lake and in 1994 they moved to the Parkview Apartments where they enjoyed being close to the activities of the community.
He enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Roy's grandchildren and spending time in prayer and daily devotions were very important to him. Roy will be remembered for his integrity and wisdom he gave to all he did and his sense of justice and fairness for all. His family will miss the leadership and wisdom he gave and the strong Christian faith he modeled for them.
Roy is survived by his loving wife, Louise Epp, Mt. Lake; son, Roy G. Epp and his wife, Constance, Coon Rapids; daughters, Loretta Kaufman and her husband, S. Roy, Laird Saskatchewan, Darlene Pegues and her husband, Arthur, Batesville, Mississippi, and Diane Harder and her husband Paul, Mt. Lake; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Verna Bottema and her husband, Ted, Northfield; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Earl and Jerome; and a a sister, Elsie Busk.
Roy is buried in the Delft Cemetery near Delft, MN.