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Vaughan D. Hepler

April 11, 1944 — December 20, 2022

Vaughan D. Hepler, 78, of Astor, Florida, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2022. He was born on, April 11, 1944, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Clifford and Gertrude (Lydick) Hepler, Vaughan retired from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154 and was also the former owner of The Saxon Inn in Natrona Heights and owner of the Steel.Around. Forest.Tavern in Astor, Florida. Vaughan was an avid follower of stockcar and Nascar racing

Vaughan is survived by his sister, Gail (Stanley) Rafalko, of Natrona Heights and by his two nephews, Gregg and Scott Rafalko. Nieces, Crystal and Jodi Rafalko and Nicole and Natalie Hepler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lynn Hepler.

Services and burial in Mt. Airy Cemetery was private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence please visit

A celebration of Vaughan's life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Steel Around Tavern. For more info or any questions, please call the tavern at 352-759-3991.

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