John 'Jerry' Albert Epple Jr. lived with curiosity for life and passion for family

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 8:11 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — John "Jerry" A. Epple Jr. wanted to fly kites with his grandchildren. Instead of buying a kite, he borrowed his wife's sewing machine, researched kite-making, built a kite-making shop and designed his own kites.