Robert Gerald “Bob” Hoepfl, 86, of Lafe, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Memphis.

He was born June 26, 1934, to the late Gerald Vincent and Margaret Ann Seitz Hoepfl. Bob lived a blessed life. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y. In his early adult years, he traveled nationwide on the rodeo circuit as a bull rider. At one time on his journey, as he was recovering from an injury, he was asked to judge a rodeo in Paragould. At this rodeo is where he met his wife Linda, who he was married to for 63 years. He was a cattle farmer and retired from Emerson Electric after more than 40 years.

Bob is preceded in death by his brother, Donald Hoepfl.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Hoepfl, of the home; children, Jerry (Tracey) Hoepfl of Lafe, Janet Murray of Lafe, and Karen (Joe) Swingle of Oxford, Miss.; and grandchildren, Molly Swingle, Jack Swingle, Grayson Swingle, Ella Murray and Ryan (Kaye) Hoepfl.

Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home.

A memorial mass will be held, Thursday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Josh Stengal officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Hoepfl, Joe Swingle, Kevin Wills and Kyle Wills.

To leave a lasting memorial, please consider St. Mary’s Catholic School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences can be left at www.heathfuneral home.com.

Family and guests are asked to practice social distancing and to wear a mask as recommended by the CDC.

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