On May 18, 2023, beloved Papa Curtis Lee Gnepper, 77, passed peacefully in his Traverse City home surrounded by his loving family.

Curt was born on November 27, 1945, to Walter and Betty Gnepper (nee Hartley) in Sandusky, OH. Soon after, they moved to Romeo, MI, where he spent a majority of his youth. He enjoyed many a summer helping on his uncle’s farm in Fremont, OH, with his aunt and uncle, both of whom he adored. After graduating from Romeo Senior High School, he eventually enlisted in the US Navy and was deployed on the USS Finch (DE-328). While on leave, Curt met his love Diane (nee Pittenger) before marrying her a year later on July 19, 1969. The family moved to Almont, MI, where their beloved children, Heath and Rebecca, were born. Curt served as President of the Almont Community Schools Board of Education, where he presented Heath and Rebecca their high school diplomas.

Due to the state of his health, Curt sadly retired in 1995 from his position as manager of the Otsego County Road Commission, after previously holding a position as long-time manager of the Lapeer County Road Commission. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant, he had the fortune to spend many a year traveling with Diane, followed by several joyful years with his four grandchildren, whom he loved deeply and furiously.

Curt is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Heath (Andrea); daughter, Rebecca (Brandon); granddaughters Emily, Chloe, Sarah, and Lorelei; and sister Marlene (Jerry). He was predeceased by his daughter Leigh (d.1970).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Curt’s name may be made to the Munson Healthcare Cowell Family Cancer Center.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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