Harold Gene Repking

harold repking

February 22, 1935 ~ July 22, 2018

Harold Gene Repking, 83, of Canyon Lake, CA, formerly of Effingham, IL, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at his residence.

Harold was born February 22, 1935 in Hammond, IN, the son of Joseph and Adella (Lustig) Repking.  He married Lois Schutz on May 4, 1957 in Schererville, IN.

Harold graduated from Roosevelt High School in East Chicago, IN in 1953.  He attended trade school to become a machinist and worked as a machinist until age of 62.  Harold proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.  In the 80’s, he purchased a mobile home park in LaPorte, IN, and operated it for about 15 years.  Harold was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham, IL.  

He could fix anything and he took pleasure in helping anyone who needed it. Harold was an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs and Bears, and enjoyed coaching his kids’ softball teams over the years.  Most of all, Harold will be remembered for being a loving and supportive husband and father with a happy disposition. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Eileen (husband, Edward) Bunchek.

Harold is survived by his wife, Lois Repking of Canyon Lake, CA; children, Renee Zietlow (Rick) of Pana, IL, Mischele  Corum (Jack) of Tuscola, IL, Allison Blaha (Robert) of Canyon Lake, CA, Lynette Repking (John) of Canyon Lake, CA, Tracy Repking of Ashburn, VA, and Joseph Repking (Farah) of Long Beach, CA; grandchildren, Michael Hoffman (Raven), Mathew Hoffman, Nathan Zietlow, Brandon Spindler, Blake Spindler (Rachel), Benjamin Spindler, Brock Spindler (Emily), Brent Spindler, Britton Spindler, Anton Blaha, Rylee Budai, and Carson Budai; great grandchildren, Payton Spindler and Leo Spindler; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Per his wishes, Harold’s body was donated to The University of California for scientific research.

Visitation & Memorial Mass: The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 405 S. Henrietta St., Effingham, IL 62401, with Rev. Michael Rosa, celebrant.  A luncheon will follow at the parish center.

Memorial contributions may be made to: HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, 503 N. Maple St., Effingham, IL 62401, The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or a charity of your choice. 

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to leave condolences to the family.

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  1. Lois and family, so sorry to hear about Harold’s passing.  Will send prayers.  In sympathy and love,  
    Mel and Karen (Pilsitz) Brite

  2. I am very sorry to read of the loss of, Mr. Repking. He was a very faithful and dedicated man, married for 61 years! I won’t pretend to know what you’re going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that give me hope is, John 6:40, which says: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you, and I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, jw.org – healingwordsforu@gmail.com

  3. Lois, so sorry to hear of the passing of Harold.  My thoughts and prayers to you and your family; may Harold finally now rest in peace.

    Gabe Budai & April Moshos

  4. Lois and family, so very sorry for your loss. We met Harold when we first came to the lake and he helped us so much when lake living became very challenging. Imagine Harold just a few years ago sharing some of our heaviest chores and telling some great stories at the same time. We had wonderful times with Harold and Lois, we do and always will miss you.

  5. Dear Lois,
    Sending our condolences to you and your family on Harold’s passing. I enjoyed our volunteer times together at the hospital, bowling at K-Bowl, and attending those Norris Electric annual meetings. Keeping you in our prayers. Lorrie and Ed Blumer, Mesquite, NV

  6. Lois and family, so sorry to hear about Harold’s passing.  He always had a smile on his face.  Enjoyed our visits at the lake when we brought mom (Pauline) & Doris to see you.  Sorry I missed the visitation & mass.

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