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Eleanor “Fern” Hoepker Orient

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 8:54 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 9:13 a.m. CST

Eleanor “Fern” Hoepker, 87, of Orient died Dec. 26, 2013, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Creston. The Rev. Johnathon Watt officiated. Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at

Eleanor “Fern” Hoepker, daughter of Emily Luella (Frese) and Paul Emil Miller, was born Oct. 23, 1926, in rural Adair County.

Fern attended Richland School.

When first out of high school, Fern worked at Bankers Life in Des Moines and later moved to Omaha to work for Mutual of Omaha insurance company.

On Aug. 1, 1952, Fern married Orville Bernard Hoepker in Fontanelle.

Fern and Orville moved to rural Adair County where they began farming.

Fern is survived by her son Richard Hoepker of Orient; daughters, Jane Miller of St. Charles, Ill., and Susan Betz of Marquette, Mich.; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Edward) Manson and Jonathan (Jessica) Betz; and great-granddaughter Elin Betz.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1982 and brother Alman Miller.

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