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“I will never forget my first political experience of campaigning for Gervase for one of his assembly campaigns while I was in high school. We handed...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Kate Hephner-Gaines - Madison, WI

“Dear Kay, and Gervase (who we know is enjoying a cold one with the angels, and having a giggle over us), My Mother, Marcia, and I, will always...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Lee Nordlund

“Kay some time ago I enjoyed our lunch brief meeting at your Chilton farm home..it was Lemon Pie and 7 up...Gervase did a great job for our investors...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Jon Hohman - appleton, WI

“Dear Kay: The northeast area of Calumet County has produced many church and state leaders. Farming must be a way to get in touch with God as well...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Rev. Harvey Kandler

“Kay, Pam and I are in Chicago visiting our daughter today. Tomorrow I am in court in Neillsville in the morning. Pam and I wish your family well and...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: thomas and pamtwharnisc harnisch - WI

“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and loved one. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. If there is...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Tammy Spaulding - Friend

“The first time Gervase came to my home he immediately noticed the two decorative teakwood elephants that I had obtained during my military service in...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Ray Mueller - Chilton, WI, WI

“Kay and family, my deepest sympathy. Kay I am not sure if you remember me (Nyla Bock) from High School? We had some good times back then. Also...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Nyla Bock-Musser - WI

“Kay & Family: I worked for Gervase in the Capitol in the 1970s and then served with him after I was elected to the Assembly in 1983. I remember him...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: State Senator Jim Holperin - WI

“WHAT A WONDERFUL GUY! HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY ALL.OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY.,JEFF & JODY CALLEWAERT ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: JEFF CALLEWAERT - FRIENDS

“Kay and family; Jim and I have many fond memories of Gervase stopping to visit us at the farm. My mother who is now 94 remembers her and dad...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Janet Ohlsen - Hilbert, WI

“Kay and Family, my sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace to all of you, contentment in the memories, the work you've done in...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Theresa Wroblewski - Plover, WI

“We are sad to learn that Gervase has passed away. Our thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, The Family of Bill Rogers ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Laurie Rogers - Kaukauna, WI

“Kay, you have my deepest sympathy. May you find great comfort in your memories of your lives together. God Bless you and your family.I served with...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Esther Walling - Neenah, WI

“Dear Kay & Family, Thinking of you with deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way during this difficult...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Konen

“Dear Kay and family: Gervase was one of a kind, I will always remember the great campaign parties and trails we had. He gave the utmost of himself...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Dean and Alice Connors - Chilton


Gervase Andrew Hephner passed on to eternal glory on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the Calumet Medical Center in Chilton. He was born on February 5, 1936 in a beetweeder’s shack in the Calumet County township of Rantoul. He was most proud of his family, his humble beginnings, and his service to the people in his assembly seat district. Gervase is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kay (Berger) Hephner, his daughter Mary, her sons Tony and Marc, his daughter Ann, her husband Craig, his son John, his wife Brenda and daughter Ciarra, his son Tim, his daughters Kim and Olivia, a sister Berdella, brothers Arthur and Patrick, sisters-in-law Sheila, Barbara and Donna, along with numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Gervase was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Hephner, Sr. and Hazel (Senn) Hephner, and a brother, Marshal Hephner, Jr. Gervase attended Chilton High School, served in the United States Army from 1954 until 1956, attended St. Norbert College and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He worked for Addressograph Multigraph Corporation, and served his constituents in assembly districts encompassing the counties of Calumet, Outagamie and Fond du Lac from 1966-1986. During his tenure as a State Representative, he authored legislation in the interests of the residents of the State of Wisconsin, including the establishment of a Veterinary School at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Gervase ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1986 and concluded his professional career of service as a lobbyist for multiple organizations. He retired from state level service in 1993. Over the years, Gervase farmed, raised Italian Beef animals, designed and sold several land developments, and served many years on the Board of Directors of the Commercial Bank in Chilton. Gervase was an avid hunter and fisherman; his home displays many trophy animals and fish. In their free time, Gervase and Kay loved spending time with family and entertaining guests at their home and lodge in Athelstane, Wisconsin. They planted thousands of trees on their Marinette County property and were named Tree Farmers of the Year. Gervase leaves the legacy of his family, and a career of service to the State of Wisconsin. He will be dearly missed by all those that loved and knew him. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton. Burial will follow in the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 and on Wednesday at the church from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Vigil services will take Tuesday evening at the funeral home beginning at 7:00 PM.