Edward Kepchar was a good man who enjoyed being a police officer and had a great sense of humor, said his wife, Cathy Kepchar.
“He was a funny guy with an odd sense of humor,” she said. “He was a good and honest man. Everyone had good things to say about him.”
Edward Kepchar, 80, of Valparaiso and formerly of Gary, died May 14. He was retired from the Gary Police Department and had been a fraud investigator for Chase Bank. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of Lew Wallace High School.
He was a member of St. Patrick Church, Chesterton.
Cathy Kepchar said she and her husband met at the vending machine company they both worked for when she was 19. They married three months after they met and were married 57 years.
“He was truly my very best friend,” she said.
He was a well-respected police officer who was admired by younger officers, she said. He always enjoyed spending time with his fellow officers, even after he retired.
“He wasn’t a hero, but he was a good cop,” she said. “People looked up to him.”
He was an excellent father to his three daughters and an avid sports fan.
He was an avid reader and read whatever books were in the house, she said.
“He was very intelligent. He loved mysteries, but would read anything,” she said.