Windell was born on July 31, 1932 in Dora, Missouri to parents Hurvul and Jessie Epley. He died on May 23 in West Vue Nursing Center at the age of 79.
He was educated in the Dora school system and enjoyed spending time with his seven siblings , riding horses, and listening to gospel and country music. Windell was a member of the Church of God for all his youth.
Windell was employed at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas before moving to West Plains, MO. There he became employed with Cloud Oak Flooring, Purina Feed, and Southwest Truck Body. He retired from Southwest in 1993 and devoted his time to his family and the family farm, raising angus cattle.
Windell met the love of his life, Dorothy Lou Lowe and the two entered the union of marriage on November 5, 1968. To this union were born two daughters, Reta Kay Epley Crass, and husband Jerry, West Plains, and Dianna Raye Epley Locke, and husband John, West Plains. The couple had two grandchildren, Kevin Crass, Springfield, MO and Makenna Locke, West Plains.
Windell’s wife Dorothy proceeded him in death on November 28, 2010. He is also preceded in death by his parents, siblings Roy Epley, Ethel Epley Collins, Ella Epley Dobbs, his mother-in-law, Zeta Harris Lowe, his father-in-law Roy Lowe, and brothers-in-law Leeman Collins, Lester Collins, Wayne Freeman, and Charley Dobbs.
He is survived by his daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sisters Bertha Epley Collins and Lorena Epley Freeman, brother Donald Epley, sister-in-law Colleen Epley, sister-in-law Joanne Lowe Griffin, and brother-in-law Mike Griffin, and several nieces and nephews.
Windell was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved raising angus cattle, fox trotter horses, and his family. He was an extremely hard worker, loyal friend, and caring neighbor to all who needed him. He spent a great deal of his latter years devoted to helping care for his ailing sister Ella. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Burial will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains in Oak Lawn Cemetery.