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Saturday, August 19, 2023
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Brian Repphun, 84, of North Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Shirley Repphun entered into eternal rest Sunday, August 6, 2023. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, in the Grace Lutheran Church, 1600 Old Trolley Road at 1:00 pm. A reception will be held after the service at the American Legion Post 166, Howe Hall Road, Goose Creek SC 29455. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Northwoods Chapel.
Brian Repphun was born June 7, 1939, in Sheboygan, WI, son of the late Otto Repphun and the late Sylvia Henning Repphun. He was a retired Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman of the United States Navy with 21 years of service and was a long-haul truck driver for the balance of his working life.
Born in rural Wisconsin, Brian went to work on local farms around Sheboygan when he was barely in his teens. He enjoyed the challenge of maintaining the equipment and was happy to learn the feeling of accomplishment brought about by doing hard work well. He remained interested in developments in farming and agricultural technology throughout his years.
Brian enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957 and elected to take training as a Hospital Corpsman. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and underway with Helicopter Squadron 8. His most rewarding assignments were as Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman, where he was the sole medical resource for months at a time for the crews of the USS Tullibee and the USS Lipscomb. Brian served ashore at hospitals and clinics in San Diego and North Island, CA and was also stationed in St. Louis, MO and New London, CT. He concluded his career as an instructor at the Hospital Corpsman School in Great Lakes, IL.
After retiring from the Navy, Brian re-located to Charleston and pursued a career as a truck driver. He obtained a CDL and, later, Hazardous Materials Transport certification. He loved his Country and found driving a truck to be a great way to see it. He worked for several local companies and met his wife Shirley at Liquid Transport Corp. They started with Liquid at the same time and retired together after 15-years of employment there.
With his broad and varied experience, Brian had many stories and he was always glad to share one. He loved traveling and taking family vacations. Grampa Brian was firm, fair, and generous and he will be dearly missed.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters and sons including Mindy and Jeff Harvey, Ronna Bankhead, and Tim McCarrick of North Charleston; Therese McCarrick and Kathleen and Jeff McCarrick of Dennis, MA, and Laurie and Gregg Schmitt of Clifton Springs, NY; grandchildren, Shane, Michael, Dalton, Catie, Connor, Cody, and Kinsey; and great-grandchildren, Liam, Isaac and Mason.