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Augustus "Gus" Epple
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  • The Branches
    1304 Route 47, Unit A-H
    Rio Grande, NJ 08242

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“To quote Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: George Epple - Bedford, MA

“Dear Ellen and Family,I was so sorry to hear of Gus's passing and want to send you my sincere sympathy. I fondly remember our days at Pine Brae...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Hatke - skillman, NJ

“Dear Ellen and family Turlough and I are right next store if you need anything! We have enjoyed our time as neighbors with you and Gus. Please...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jennifer Cormican - NJ - Neighbor

“I was truly saddened to receive the news today of Mr. Epple's passing and would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Epple family. My...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Geoff Clarke - Raleigh, NC

“Want to send my sympathies to you, Ellen. I have such fond memories of Gus and you and your wonderful caring for Greg and the mentoring you gave him....Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Sue Hellings - NJ - Friend

“If anyone wants to see/hear Gus's recording for the Oral History Project for the Library of Congress, here is the link. It is a gift to all of us...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Robin Dunham - Belle Mead, NJ

“My thoughts and prayers to all. Gus was a remarkable man and patriot. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Dan Irons - Great Meadows, NJ


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EPPLE, AUGUSTUS "GUS", 91, of Cape May Court House, NJ, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Paterson, NJ to the late August and Hattie Schilde Epple and was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor.

Gus served in the U.S. Army on the European Front during World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, He was President of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge South Jersey Chapter and spoke about World War II and the Battle of the Bulge at area schools.

Gus worked as a Production Manager for Conover Mast Publications in New York City. In his free time he enjoyed gardening and working on the daylily farm that he started with his beloved wife, Ellen, after moving from their home in Belle Mead to retire in Cape May County in 1994. Gus loved being outdoors, especially tending to his daylily and tomato plants and bird watching. His greatest enjoyment came from the time spent with family and friends. He had a deep love of music and often played his harmonica at gatherings.

Gus is survived by his wife of 63+ years, Ellen; his daughters, Robin Dunham (David), Claudia Epple, Jennifer Myers (Stephen), and Bernadette Sissick (Robert); his grandchildren, David Dunham (Rebecca Kunkel), Andrea Dunham (Evan Andersen), Benjamin Dunham, Nicholas Dunham, Ellen Jacobus, Christopher Myers, Chloe Myers, Katelyn Sissick, and Robert Sissick; and his nephews, George Epple and William Epple. He was preceded in death by his son, David Epple.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 95th Street and Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ. Interment will be in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Branches, 1304 Rt. 47, Unit A-H, Rio Grande, NJ 08242.