JOHN T. KEPHART

Born 2/17/1925 in Salt Lake City, UT, John died June 16 in Glen Mills, PA following a short illness.

In 1944, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific as an Electronic Technician’s Mate First Class aboard the USS Typhon. Ten days following his return home after the war, friends introduced him to Mary Smedley. Both John and Mary marveled at the laughter they shared in their first blind date. Married on August 1, 1949, they were inseparable companions until Mary’s passing in 2008.

In 1948, John completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, working for General Electric before joining the DuPont Company in 1949. John’s career took him from Schenectady, NY to Wilmington, DE to the Savannah River Plant in GA, and finally back to Wilmington, where he and Mary raised their family. He retired in 1985.

John was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as President of the Delaware Society of Professional Engineers. Recognized in 1977 as Delaware’s Engineer of the Year, he was also a proud member of the engineering honorary societies Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi.

John was also an accomplished musician. Family and friends knew his hilarious parodies, boogie woogie style improvisations and beautiful compositions. His February Fantasy received accolades at its recent public premiere at Maris Grove.

John was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary and his sister Peg, many dear friends and many respected colleagues.

He is survived by daughters Mahala Kephart (Thure Cerling) of Salt Lake City and Amanda Limpert (George) of West Chester, grandchildren Sharon and Steven Limpert and great granddaughter Elise Marie Limpert. The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at Maris Grove and Willow Tree Hospice for their many, many kindnesses.

A memorial reception will be held in John’s honor on July 1 from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Cardinal Clubhouse Pub at Maris Grove, 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills,PA 19342. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Maris Grove Scholar’s Fund.