Ralph Lavern Kephart

Ralph Lavern Kephart

Ralph Lavern Kephart


Ralph Lavern Kephart, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on Jan. 13, 1940, the son of Ralph and Laverne (Gregory) Kephart in Cedar Rapids. Ralph graduated from Wilson High School, Coe College and the University of Iowa.

On Sept. 3, 1960, he was united in marriage to Carol Henry at St. James Church in Cedar Rapids. Ralph entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii. After serving in the military, Ralph and Carol lived in Cedar Rapids before moving to Manchester. Ralph worked as a school psychologist for many years.

Ralph was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan and was very happy to see the Cubs win the World Series. He enjoyed being a Master Gardener and he loved spending time with his grandson, Michael. Ralph was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his son, Stephen (Julia McGrane) Kephart of Cedar Rapids; his grandson, Michael Kephart; his life-long friend, Janet Lammie; and many friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Kephart, in 2009; and his parents.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at First Presbyterian Church in Manchester, Iowa, with the Rev. Nathan Lamb officiating.

Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at First Presbyterian. Friends may also call on Monday at the church from 9 to 10 a.m.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa.

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