Leonard Wayne “Len” Jeppeson was born on September 12, 1951 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to parents, Leonard and Betty Jeppeson. He died on November 19, 2020 at his home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 69 years. Len was raised and attended schools in Hermiston, graduating from Hermiston High School. He then attended Blue Mountain Community College before going to work at Marlette Homes where he learned every aspect of carpentry, welding, electrical and plumbing. In 1985 he went to work for Oregon Department of Transportation, becoming an engineering inspector and CAD machine operator. Len retired from ODOT in 2009 and went to work for Anderson-Perry Engineering firm, working part time until his death. From a young age Len was obsessed with hunting (birds, deer, elk, antelope and bear) and fishing (from crappie to sturgeon). His prize was a 150lb halibut caught in Alaska. Len was always building something - our home, trailers, corrals, and farm equipment - usually from just a sketch. His latest passion was farming. He and his wife operated “Len, The Hay Guy” custom haying and raised Black Angus cattle.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years: Barb; sons: Mike, Jeremy, Chad, Derek and Josh; sisters: Linda Shelly, Vickie Koch and Lori Matthews; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and his big Yellow Dog.
Len succumbed to cancer after bravely fighting it for 3 years. His signature saying was “If you need anything give me a hollar”. So when you see a friend, a neighbor, a stranger struggling, lend a hand in memory of Len.
A gathering will be held next year when the weather warms.
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