Virginia Dee (Benedict) Hepker

Virginia Dee (Benedict) Hepker, 63, of Blue Springs, Missouri, died Friday, April 19, 2013.

Virginia was born December 19, 1949, in Marion, Iowa, daughter of Russell and Marilyn (Hoover) Benedict. She attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. She went on to work at Rockwell International, before she and her family moved to Ottumwa and then the Kansas City area. Virginia retired from Santa Fe Glass Co. in 2011.

Those who knew Virginia know her to be a kind and loving person who cared deeply for her family and others close to her. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, as well crafting, gardening, and baking.

Virginia is survived by her husband, David Hepker; three children, Matt, Dawn, and Kevin; father, Russell Benedict; 4 brothers, Mike, Bob, Jim, and Marc; six grandchildren, Katie, Jaci, Josephine, Breanna, Alex, and Andrew; and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn (Hoover) Benedict, in 1996; and her brother, Richard, in 1954.

Virginia’s family is respecting her wish to conduct a small, private ceremony in her honor.


  1. Tierney Veatch Micheletti on April 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time of grieving.

  2. Marlene Smith on April 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I know that there is great sadness in your family at this time and I can only imagine how much Ginny will be missed by all of you. I hope that as time goes by, some comfort may be felt knowing that Ginny is not suffering any more and that each of you have wonderful memories that will only grow more precious through the years to come.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Jenny Briner on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Kevin–I only had the pleasure of meeting your mom a few times but it truly was a pleasure. Shawn thought so highly of her and considered her a second mother. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that you will find peace.

  4. Shawn Briner on April 24, 2013 at 6:40 am

    If you were lucky, you had a “home away from home” when you were growing up — a friend’s house where you were treated as part of the family, cared for, and supported just as you would be by your own family. I was fortunate enough to have several of these “second homes” throughout high school and college, and Dave and Ginny’s home was one of them. So very many of my memories of Kevin and our great friendship involve Ginny and the home she and Dave opened up to me. She was a wonderful lady and I am so thankful for having known her. I am so sorry for Dave, Kevin, Matt, Dawn, and their families and I pray they find peace as they honor Ginny’s wishes this weekend.

  5. Marilyn Pauling on April 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I want to express my deepest sympathy. Ginny was a beautiful, kind person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Melinda and Rusty Kurtz on April 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    We are so sorry to her of her death and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. I want to let Dawn know that we are here for her and Breanna. If there is anything we can do then feel free to let us know.

  7. Bill Pauling on April 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss. My family offers their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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