Thomas Ray Eppler

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Thomas Ray Eppler was born on November 4, 1943 in OKC to Tom and Allie Mae Eppler. He passed away peacefully at home on July 17 at the age of 75.

He is preceded in death by his father Tom, and is survived by his mother Allie; his sister Marty Newman; his wife Carmen; his daughter Angela Chandler and her husband Gary and daughter Savannah; his son Andrew Eppler and his wife Mila and his children Tara, Arjuna, and Amina; his daughter Sarah Eppler Janda and her husband Lance and daughter Sydney.

Ray grew up in the OKC area. He was one of the first hippies or "long hairs" in Bethany. He worked as a carpenter in Norman and OKC for over 30 years before being diagnosed with Parkinson's. He began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1985 during a visit from his life-long friend and teacher, Cliff Barber. Ray was instrumental in bringing Ashtanga Yoga to Oklahoma, and he played a pivotal role in developing and sustaining the Ashtanga Yoga community in Norman. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family, but as Ray once explained, "death is a good deal for the person who is dying. It is the ones left behind who are strung out."

A celebration of his life will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 17th at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio 120 E. Tonhawa Street in Norman.
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Ron "Buddy" Emmert
Aug 16, 2019
Kathy and I want to express our sympathy to Carman and family in the loss of Ray. We have not been in close contact for many years. The last time we connected with Ray was at our Aunt June's funeral. It was special to see him then and we had a nice time visiting briefly. I remember Ray mostly in his younger days.
Marilina pra
Aug 16, 2019
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Marci Marquis
Aug 14, 2019
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Giovanna Colonel.
Aug 11, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.. But like Rey said, it was fine for him. I know it will be tuff for all of his family and for that my heart is with all of you.
Lots of love. Gio
Ruth (Wire) Briscoe
Jul 26, 2019
May God bless each of you in Ray's family with Comfort & peace.
I have memories of Ray from when my dad held a revival at Britain church of the Nazarene when we were in about the six grade... I lived in Bethany with our family, but Ray walked all the way from Britain to our home at 518 N. College, Bethany to bring me some candy around Valentine's Day!! Those were the good old days, lol!! We were at his church most every night in service, singing songs of victory!!
And now he is at last, home with Jesus!! God bless each of you real good. Ruth
Kara Young
Jul 25, 2019
Garden To Go Basket was purchased for the family of Thomas Ray Eppler by Kara Young.  Send flowers
Vela giri
Jul 24, 2019
Ray was truly a spiritual leader, truly grassroots, family and love for us all. He is the only person I know who firmly supported various spiritual disciplines while quite convincingly said he actually saw Jesus, he said he was a little guy,he loved and was loved by that little guy in a really big way. I will miss him and his great humor.
Margaret Clark
Jul 24, 2019
Ray, was not only my first cousin but also a dear friend. I will miss him. I am thankful for his life and all times I got to spend time with him. He is going to be missed. I know though he will be happy to see Jesus and his Dad, Tom.
shauna evans
Jul 24, 2019
We will miss you Ray. I am grateful that when asked to take my teen son into the sweat lodge, Ray readily agreed. I don't know what transpired with the exchange between Ray and my son, Lucas. However, my son is a better man for the mentors he has had. Much love to the Eppler family in this time of loss.