SPENCER: Clarence J. Pepler , also known as "Bud", "Butt, "Pop" and "Big Poppy", 97 years young, of Howe Village, died Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Overlook Masonic Home in Charlton.
He was the husband of Rita (Robert) Pepler who died in 2003. He leaves his daughter in law Nancy L. Pepler of Kittery, ME, a grandson Mark W. Pepler and his wife Michelle of Scarborough, ME, granddaughters Amy M. Pepler of Portsmouth, NH and Lindsay A. Burrowbridge and her husband Ryan of Kittery, great grandchildren Madeline, Owen, and Emerson Pepler and Ayla, Harper and Jack Burrowbridge, his close companion for several years, Joan Madrazo and her family, especially her caring daughter Debbie Waugh. He is predeceased by his son Wayne J. Pepler in 2013 and brothers Alfred, Harold, twins Francis & Frederick and his sister Gertrude.
Bud was a longtime machinist for Sealol Co. in R.I., retiring in 1981.
Born in Burrillville, R.I., he was the son of Albert and Gertrude (Gilleran) Pepler and later served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII in the So. Pacific Theater.
A memorial mass will be held for Clarence on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 7 Church St., Spencer. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Mary, Queen of the Rosary Cemetery, Spencer. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Spencer Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. 147, Spencer or Mary, Queen of the Rosary Food Pantry, 60 Maple St., Spencer, Ma. 01562. J.HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr, Spencer is directing arrangements for the family.