Tennis Estepp, age 67, of East Bethel passed away March 31, 2009 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 4th at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti with Pastor Ryan O’Leary and Pastor Peter Talbot officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday, April 3rd at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and alsoone hour prior to the service at the church.
Tennis Sherman Estepp was born July 21, 1941 in Kermit, West Virginia to William and Lorraine Estepp. He was raised in Kermit and graduated from Kermit High School, Class of 1959. On April 7, 1962 he married Dotty Holt in Arlington, Virginia. They made their home in the Washington, DC area for 17 years. In 1976 they moved to East Bethel. Tennis was employed by Control Data / Siemens Corporation for 32 years, retiring in 1999. Over the years he was an active member of Elim Baptist Church in Isanti. His proudest achievements were having one wife and three born again children. Besides his family activities he enjoyed gardening, golfing and traveling. Tennis had visited all 50 states.
Tennis passed away at his home on March 31, 2009 at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 10 days. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Edgar and one sister, Christine Messer.
Tennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Dotty; three children, Joe (Elizabeth) Estepp of Ham Lake, Lee (Summer) Estepp of Blaine, and Lori (Mark) Strandlund of East Bethel; 8 grandchildren; three brothers, Merle (Shirley) Estepp of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Thomas (Brenda) Estepp of Charlottsville, Virginia, and James (Debra) Estepp of Atlanta, Georgia; five sisters, Ruby (Bill) Cullipher of New Bern, North Carolina, Ann (Bill) Copeland of Memphis, Tennessee, Charlotte Shimminger and Pauline Smith both of Miami, Florida, and Emma Curreri of Chicago, Illinois; by many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.