Lyman Lyndell Eppley, 67, of Lufkin, Texas, was born June 15, 1952, in
Kirksville, Missouri, to Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Gibson) Eppley and
Lyman Lindy Eppley, and died Friday, May 8, 2020 in a Lufkin, Texas
Lyndell grew up in Lancaster, Missouri and attended grade school and graduated
from Schuyler R-1 High School with the Class of 1970…which he was so
looking forward to attending their 50th class reunion in September.
In 1971, he received his draft notice with a number under 10…so
he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly followed his Grandpa’s and
father’s Navy service. Lyndell attended boot camp in San Diego
and electronic schools in Mare Island, Treasure Island and Vallejo, all
in California and finished Nuclear Power School in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He returned home and married the love of his life, Marsha Gingerich,
on June 30, 1974. He drove two days, barely arriving in time on
that Sunday…just 4 hours prior to their wedding. Lyndell was stationed
in Pascagoula, Mississippi, aboard the USS SHARK SSN-591…a fast attack
submarine, that was in dry dock being overhauled. Once repaired in 1977,
he was then stationed in Groton, Connecticut, until his honorable discharge
in March 1978., as a 2nd Class Petty Officer. After his discharge, he went
to work at Ingalls Shipbuilding as an Electronic Tech.
In 1979, Lyndell and Marsha moved to Lufkin, Texas, and started building
their “dream” home. Their son, Sam, was born in 1980 and daughter,
Lexie in 1985, before the house was completed. Lyndell worked
feverishly every day on the dome after getting off work at N.C.R., as
a Field Technician (from 1980 to 1998). He developed heart problems
and became disabled.
Lyndell was a charter member of Christ Congregational Church in
Lufkin, Texas., where he was so very proud of their new building and it’s
Survivors include his wife, soul mate and “Carpenter In Crime”, Marsha
Eppley for almost 47 years of Lufkin, Texas; son, Sam Eppley and wife,
Laura of Lufkin, Texas; daughter, Lexie Drennan and husband, Seth of
Longview, Texas; grandchildren, Parker Winthrop and Mason Eppley of Lufkin
Texas; Brooks Drennan and Hayes Drennan of Longview, Texas; sister, Connie
Eppley of Lufkin, Texas; sisters-in-law, Lynda Havard of Ammon, Idaho and Lisa
Darr and husband, Ken Morton of Lufkin, Texas, and numerous nieces and
nephews, relatives and many AMC, NCR and Navy friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Floyd “Bub”
Darr and Lura Darr Goosey and brother-in-law, Tom Havard, D.O.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Celebration of Life services from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Christ Congregational Church, 105 Saddle Creek, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Arni Memorial Cemetery, PO Box 176, Lancaster, Missouri 63548. Lyndell’s cremains will be laid to rest at Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com. Arrangements in Missouri are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.