William E. Keppler, 92, chemical engineer, college instructor, avid bridge player

By on October 29, 2014

William E. Keppler, 92, of Lititz, and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and formerly of Blue Bell, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the husband of the late Margaret K. Keppler, who passed away in May 2014. He was previously married to the late Natalie Keppler.

Bill had worked for Schering-Plough Corp. in New Jersey, serving as the senior corporate vice president until his retirement, overseeing numerous worldwide product and service divisions over his career. He had also been the president of Engel Industries, a capital equipment manufacturer, and Bell Management Inc., a management consulting company offering guidance to industrial and financial institutions. Additionally, he was a former division head and vice president with Merck and Co. and the Squibb Corp., serving in managerial positions across the globe.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Bill earned a bachelor’s of chemical engineering and further attained a master’s in chemical engineering from New York University. He had been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and had shared his experiences as an instructor at Bucknell, Cooper Union, and New York Universities. He had also been an active speaker with the American Management Association. and the Presidents Association.

He was an avid bridge player, aspiring to be a bridge master, and enjoyed golfing, traveled extensively and enjoyed going on cruises and ballroom dancing. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all.

Friends will be received on Friday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, with a time of sharing and remembrance to follow at noon. Interment will be private.

Please make contributions in Bill’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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