PHS Alumni Honor Roll Member
Nicholas William “Butch” Heppler
Class of 1961
Nicholas William “Butch” Heppler, an avid supporter of Perry High sports and many other activities, was born on a family farm southeast of Perry on September 13, 1943 to Nicholas William and Susan (Pantenburg) Heppler. He graduated from Perry High School in 1961 and he married Sharon Laverne Biggs in Perry.
On December 19, 1962, Butch and Sharon welcomed their first daughter Nickie Laverne Heppler. Two years later on January 8, 1965, Mellisa Armen Heppler came into the world.
Mr. Heppler owned and operated the C’s Corporation, which included Mr., Mrs., Sr., and Jr. Convenience, Mud Busters and N&M Amusements. Butch and his wife were avid community supporters. He enjoyed giving back to Perry Public School’s academic and athletic teams, band, Future Farmers of America and many other organizations. Butch loved watching all Perry High School sports; his favorite was Friday night football. He loved traveling with the team every year, even after his grandchildren were out of school.
Butch’s other passion was to his family. He enjoyed taking his family out to eat and having gatherings at his house in the evenings. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute he spent with all of his grandchildren, Kyle Parmley, Nicholas Smith, and Jennifer and her husband Ryan Rodgers. The feelings were fully mutual, since the children also loved the time they spent with him. The last 14 months of his life Butch had a new and special passion–it was to his first great-granddaughter Rylan Grace Rodgers.
The last night of his life he was able to see his children, grandchildren, and read his great granddaughter a book before he went to sleep that night. Butch always said when it was his time, he wanted “just to go to sleep and not wake up.” His wish was granted. On June 14, 2010, Nicholas William “Butch” died in his home. In keeping with a life that was committed to his family and community and to living life in a thoughtful, generous and loving way, Butch requested that those attending his memorial service dress casually.