Richard H. “Sarge” Lepley, age 84, of Brockton passed away on March 11, 2020. He was the devoted husband of the late Suiko “Sue” (Sakurada) Lepley.
Son of Lawrence and Evelyn (Allen) Lepley, Sarge was raised in Roxbury and lived in Brockton since 1986.
During the Vietnam War, Sarge left high school and enlisted in the US Army. He served three tours in Vietnam in the 21st Field Artillery and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He later served six years in Europe.
After serving twenty years in the military, Sarge worked as a mail handler at the US Post Office in the Boston area and retired in 2001.
Sarge was a life member of the VFW Post 1046 in Brockton and the DAV. He loved to cook for the “guys”, his veteran friends, and often brought them homemade food or they would enjoy coffee and treats at Dunkin Donuts. Sarge enjoyed watching all Boston sports teams and loved to collect sports memorabilia. He fondly would call his sons to discuss Boston sports and loved to brag about their winning streaks. In addition, Sarge was an avid observer and studied lineages of racehorses and dogs and frequently enjoyed trips to Foxwoods to bet on his favorites.
He was most proud of his children, grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The kids often spoke about their favorite moments with their Grandpa that entailed trips to get ice cream at Peaceful Meadows.
Richard is survived by his children Jane Emery of Brewster, William Fraser and his wife Maria of Lincoln, CA; Richard H. Fraser of Brockton, and John Fraser and his wife Wendy of Olympia, WA. His daughter Sharon Fraser passed away at age 11 and welcomed him in heaven. He was the grandfather of Shonna, Steven, Tristan, Maren and Liam, great grandfather to Benjamin, and brother of the late Robert Lepley, Mildred Maloof, Dorothea Kane and Evelyn Considine. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Finally, he will greet in heaven his “pet children” Arki and Chaka.
A Graveside Service with military honors will be held in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:15pm. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a Vietnam Veterans organization.