Gerald F. Heppner, age 79 of Batesville, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health. Born December 6, 1937 in Batesville, he is the son of Loretta (Nee: Lampe) and August Heppner. He married Shirley Volk. Jerry worked as a meat cutter at Simpson’s IGA for 26 years. After retiring, he managed the East Bowl and farmed for many years.A member of St. Louis Church, Jerry was very devout. If he wasn’t in the back of church, you would find him on the porch or out at the church cemetery praying every day. However, he had his playful side too, and while he liked being ornery, he liked it even more if you gave it right back to him. Growing up halfway between Cincinnati and Indianapolis, Jerry somehow became Green Bay Packers fan. He also enjoyed watching Law & Order, was a longtime league bowler and in later years liked to “tootle around town” according to his family.He is survived by his daughters Debbie Hughes of Batesville, Dena Heppner of Martinsville, Indiana; brother Jim Heppner of Oldenburg and five grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by his son Daren Heppner; sister Betty Heppner; brothers Martin, Albert and Rev. Sylvester Heppner and granddaughter Allyssa Heppner.Visitation is Tuesday, August 1st, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the St. Louis Church Adoration Chapel.