Robert Heppner

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Funeral services for Robert Heppner, 89 year old Buffalo resident who passed away quietly Tuesday at the Johnson County Health Care Center, surrounded by his family, will be held Monday, March 28th at 10:00 a.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Tom Saur officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with the VFW and American Legion in charge of military graveside rites. Donations in Mr. Heppner’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels or Home Health in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at
Robert Lee Heppner was born on October 31, 1926 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to Edward and Leona Heppner. He grew up and went to school in Hot Springs where he started high school He graduated from Hill City High School in Hill City, South Dakota with the class of 1943. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in the South Pacific during WWII where he was a belly gunner on B-24’s. At the end of WWII he continued in the military and served on a PBY41 on a weather squadron stationed in Okanawa. After an honorable discharge in 1947 he returned and lived in Bremmerton, Washington where he worked at the Boeing plant. He was passing through Buffalo where he met Roberta Barton. Robert and Roberta were married in Buffalo on November 5, 1949 and they made their home in Buffalo. They lived in various places in Wyoming following oil field work until 1972 when they moved to Penang, Malaysia where Robert continued in oil. That job also took his family to Columbia, the United Arab Emirates as well as Indonesia. Robert also worked remotely in various parts of the world for over 15 years. In 1999 Robert and Roberta settled in Buffalo where they worked on various ranches in Johnson County. They continued living in Buffalo until his death.
He was a member of the VFW. Robert was an avid fisherman and enjoyed woodworking. He loved the mountains where he spent many hours fishing and hiking. His passion was spending time with his family, especially supporting his grand kids in their activities.
He is survived by his wife Roberta of Buffalo; two sons, Charles Heppner and his wife Sally of Dolores, Colorado and Robert Heppner and his wife Kelli of Buffalo; four daughters Val Wintermute of Buffalo, Carolyn Penticoff and her husband Bruce of Buffalo, Loretta McIntosh and her husband Rick of Buffalo and Coleen Winterholler and her husband Mike of Gillette; one brother, Larry Heppner of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; two half-sisters, Nancy Trainor of Vernal, Utah and Patricia Hoffman of Lusk, Wyoming; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one great-grandson.