His family homesteaded on a dry land wheat farm outside of Connell, where he attended school, graduating high school in 1947.
With mother’s encouragement, Pep learned to play several instruments, including the trombone and piano, but his forte became the stand-up bass, which he played in dance bands during high school and college.
He moved on to the Palouse and Washington State College (that’s right, not a university yet) graduating with a B.S.
in Physical Education.
He is part of five generations to attend WSU (Go Cougs!!)
While at WSC, he met a beautiful brunette through a blind date.
A Pullman to Spokane romance resulted in Inie Lowe and Duane Pepiot marrying on November 26, 1952 in Spokane, WA.
The couple then moved to Durham, North Carolina where Pep received his degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University in December 1954.
Following graduation from Duke, Pep and Inie moved to Kennewick where he established the Physical Therapy Department at Kennewick General Hospital in 1955.
In 1962 he opened a private practice across the street from the hospital, providing care to patients at KGH while building his practice.
Pep sold his practice to KGH and they retired spending summers at their cabin on Priest Lake, Idaho.
Pep was an active community volunteer: teaching childbirth education classes for the YMCA, teaching anatomy at CBC, and serving on the Kennewick Housing Authority Board for 35 years.
Pep was an active member of Kiwanis Club of Kennewick since 1962.
He served as President and later received the George F. Hixon award.
He was also honored as “Kennewick Man of the Year” in 1977.
Pep and Inie were dedicated volunteers at First United Methodist Church, Tri City Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps, and were honored as “Hometown Heroes” by KGH.
Known as the “Soup Man” for over 20 years Pep was famous for his secret recipe and production of “11 Ă‚Ë?
Bean Soup”, raising funds for their church at the annual Holly Daze Bizarre.
Pep shared his life with wife of 60 years, Inie; daughters Rene (Bob) Norman, Cherie Pepiot (Diane Guffin), Nicole (Steve) Morrison, Judy (Jim) Demand; grandchildren Katie (Roland) Suitonu, Jodie Kelley, Jordan (Tana) Morrison, Peyton and Jalen Morrison; great-grandchildren Maddox, Capri and Jewels Suitonu, Jaylee Kelley, and Emery and Harper Morrison.
Memorial services will be Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 1 p.m., at Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kiwanis Club of Kennewick, Tri City Cancer Center, Kennewick First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Thank you to Dr. W. Kohan and Cathy, Dr. J. Ness and staff, Dr. D. Upadhyaya, for their care and support, as well as Pep’s family and friends that were there for him physically and emotionally.
The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.
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