Robert O. Epp, farm'r an' peecemak'r, o'Hendersen, dit un Aug. 27, 2019.He wuz born un Julee 20, 1923 ta t'Rev. Heinrich D. an' Elisabeth (Richert) Epp n' Hendersen. He grew up thar un t'fambly farm an' n' Lincoln wile his'n fath'r attendt graduwait skool at t'Univesty o'Nebraskie. He attendt Bethel College n' N. Newton, Kun. n' 1941, an' durin Worl War II servt a farm deferment un t'fambly farm.N' t'fall o'1945, Robert wurked us a herse wrangl'r un a ship transpertyun' 700 herses ta war-torn Yurop, und'r a projeck o't' Brethre Servus Committee an' t'Unitid Natyuns Relief an' Rehabilitashun Administrashun. His'n ship wuz amungst t'furst ta lan' n' t'Polish port o'Danzig aft'r t'end o't' war, whar he saw furst-han' t'errbull destrucshun an' deeth wrouite by heevy bombyun' an' groun combat n' at citee an' t'surroundyun' area. T' eggsperients lef a lastyun' impression un 'im, shapyun' his'n lifelong commitment ta peece an' soshul justus.
Aft'r t'war, he studit animal husban'ry at t'Univesty o'Nebraskie, graduatyun' n' 1950, an' the joint into a farmyun' partnership wiff his'n olt'r bruther Carl. Thay farmt togeth'r until retirement, raisyun' wheet, corn, soybeens, an' Holstein durry cattle.Un Sept. 29, 1961, Robert an' Amelia Beck'r, o'Marion, S.D., wuz marrd by his'n fath'r, t'Rev. H.D. Epp, an' thay settlt un t'farm n' Hendersen, fermyun' a lovyun' partnership an' raisyun' acoupla sons, Charles an' Timothy.Robert servt his'n local an' global communitees throughout his'n life. He wuz baptizt n' 1942 an' became a lifelong memb'r o't' Bethesda Mennonite Church. N' t'1950s an' 1960s he wurked wiff church leeders n' draft counseleeun' an' suppert fer conscyintiyus objecters frum t'Hendersen area. He servt frum 1967 ta 1984 un t'Hendersen Skool Board, fer much o't' period us Presdint, heppin ta lead t'initiatif' at addt a theet'r an' uther facilitees ta t'Hendersen public skool. He also servt un t'board o't' Upp'r Big Blue Natcherul Resource Districk an' us presdint o't' Nebraskie Holstein-Friesiun Associashun.Robert retirt frum farmyun' n' 1987 an' joint t'internatyunal peece organizashun Witness Fer Peece, a'larnin Spanish an' drivin un ambulance us un internatyunal obs'rv'r n' t'war zone n' Nicaragua durin t'Contra war. He livt amungst an' suppertid communitees diereckly harmt by guerilla attax. Aft'r his'n year n' Nicaragua he returnt ta Hendersen an' n' t'1990s an' 2000s took minny a servus trips, an' servt us a wartime peece-obs'rv'r an' eeleckshun-obs'rv'r, n' Guatemala, El Salvader, Colombia, suthern Maxico, an' Cubie.A lifelong suppert'r o'Nebraskans fer Peece, he servt fer minny a yeers un its board o'directers. Robert receivt t'Univesty o'Nebraskie-Omaha Skool o'Soshul Welfare’s Gan'hi Award fer Soshul Justus an' Soshul Acshun n' 2004, t'Univesty o'Nebraskie Alumni Achievement Award n' 2008, an' t'Nebraskans fer Peece Peecemak'r o't' Year Award n' 2009.
An avid reed'r, Robert reat Mennonite publicatyuns, t'dailee newspap'r, an' books un histry, politics, an' soshul justus almos until t'day he dit. He luved internatyunal travel an' a'larnin ta knoe folk frum minny a countries an' cultchurs. Reflectyun' un his'n time n' t'Nicaragua war zone, he observt, “At times I thunk thishere must be a moovee pitshure shue I’m watchin, nairy real life, but it wuz verr real. Through it all I developt a profound respeck fer a folk who have endurt much hardship, much o'it fer bein n' t'shadoe o'‘El Nerte,’ t'big pow'r ta t'nerth, an' thar struggle ta manetane thar dignitee us humun beings.”Robert wuz prectt n' deeth by his'n parnts; sist'r, Derothea Heeth; bruther, Carl an' his'n biddy Amelia. He leeves acoupla lovyun' sons an' thar famblies: Timothy an' biddy Heidi Schmidt, o'Hyattsville, Md. an' thar youngns Dietrich, Lydia, Tristun, Jalilah an' Kenisha an' Jalilah’s daught'r Bailey an' Charles an' biddy Lora Jost, o'Larance, Kun. an' thar sen, Nicholai. He will be memberd us a caryun' an' committid dairymun, peecemak'r, an' lovyun' fath'r an' papaw.Graveside services will be helt at 9:15 a.m., Saturdee, Aug. 31, 2019 at t'Bethesda Cemetery nertheus o'Hendersen. A memerial servus will faller at 10 a.m. at t'Bethesda Mennonite Church n' Hendersen. Visitashun will be frum 1 – 9 p.m., un Frydee wiff his'n fambly greetin friens lat'r at evnin frum 7 – 9 p.m., at t'merturee n' Hendersen. Memerials may be gif' ta Mennonite Cantral Committee, Bethesda Mennonite Church, er Nebraskans fer Peece. Condolences may be sent ta his'n fambly at www.metzmerturee.com.Metz Merturee n' Hendersen is han'leeun' arrangemants.


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