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MICHAEL “MIKE” THOMAS LEPPER II

It is with great sadness that the family of Michael T. Lepper II announces his death at home in Savannah, Georgia, in the early hours of December 23, 2021, at age 67.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17, 1954 and was the son of the late Michael T. Lepper and Joanne K. (Wilcher). He married the late Susan Matthysse in August 1990 and they were parents of two children. He was a retired jewelry executive and small business owner.
Mike attended Public School #35 and graduated from Manual High School, Class of 1973. He was a registered gemologist.

To know him was to love him and he had a large circle of friends who enjoyed his many fun stories and just being with him.

Mike had a strong work ethic and began his career at Baer’s Clock Shop as an apprentice at 10 years old and purchased the business at age 18. This set the stage for his future career and he opened and operated The Treasure Chest in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Indiana. Through his years in Savannah, he worked at Sterling Jewelers and Friedman Jewelers in executive positions and opened The Treasure Chest. He acquired Carriage Jewelers while in Savannah as well as Savannah Gems Int’l. before retirement.
He was the former President of the Downtown Business Association, and former Parish Council President, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. He was an active member of the Savannah Elks Club.

Mike leaves behind his parents, Joanne and Charles Fox of Indianapolis, Indiana; his daughter, Kaitlin Clifton (Sarah) of Savannah, Georgia; his son, Andrew of Denver, Colorado; his twin grandchildren, Lilly and Tyler Clifton of Savannah, Theresa (Hank) Moore, Mary Anne (Jack) Pain, and his brother, Christopher (Kristina) Lepper, all of Indianapolis.

A memorial service will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning, January 6, 2022, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue. Interment will follow in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

You are invited to virtually attend the service via Zoom by clicking here.

Meeting ID: 827 4522 3132
Passcode: 197329

Online Condolences

  1. Stanley Rosenberg says:

    So sorry. I was just with Mike Saturday night. I can’t believe he is gone. He called me all the time and we talked a long time.

  2. Boyd Griffin says:

    Mike was a good man and a good friend. He will be missed.

  3. Keith Baker says:

    I am so sad that Mike is gone. I worked for him back in day and he was a big influence on me. One of the best speakers and motivator I have ever known. Fly high Mike

  4. Kim Fergerson says:

    My dear friend you are going to be sorely missed but I am happy that you are free and not in any pain and resting with the Lord. Thank you for being part of my family for 12 years. This loss is hard to bear and I pray for your family because I know it can’t be easy. I’m delighted that you have peace because I know that you were a great proponent of that while you were here. Rest well my friend we have this watch!

  5. June Rich says:

    Thank you Mike for your care and concern during some of my most difficult times! Your love for Caitlin, Andrew, Michael and Lily, your beloved twins cannot be matched!
    I was always amazed at how well you handled so much of their lives, they are going to miss their
    Grandpa! So happy you have no more pain and can breathe easily! Rest In Peace, my friend!

  6. Edward Gizara says:

    We are all saddened at the loss of Michael. Michael was a very caring and friendly man. You can always count on a great conversation with him. Our prayers go out to his loved ones and family

  7. Hank Moore says:

    Bro- in-law, find my Dad at the jazz bar up there. He’ll bye you a scotch and water. Have some laughs and remember all of us down here love and miss you.

  8. ElliotPalefsky says:

    I only knew Mike for too short of a time after he became a member of the Elks. He became a worker and was quite active in various lodge projects. He will be missed. .

  9. Dale Nees says:

    I knew Mike for many years but when separated by many miles we became great Facebook friends. On my one visit to Savannah I discovered he must be the best tour guide in town.

  10. Sharon Miller says:

    Im sorry i never met mike back when Theresa & I ran around but he sure did make me feel like a good friend on facebook. Always had encouraging words when i felt down and just was a good guy. Truly sorry for his passing.

  11. Marc Galloway says:

    My condolences to Mike’s family that he proudly adored. I owe Mike so much, my career would have never been what it was had he not believed in me like he did. He will always hold a special place in my heart, there was no one else like him. Fly high my dear friend.

  12. Jan and Tim says:

    Mike was such a dear friend to the both of us. Such an interesting, smart and personable guy. He tried to teach me how to drink “good wine” which I don’t like wine at all. He tried to teach us both how to order and enjoy French food. Our interesting , long and delicious dinner was followed an hour later with a pizza. He was a great help with my jewelry. He escorted us after our wedding in his limo. I was so happy to catch up with him on Face book, I worried through his health problems. I enjoyed watching his house remodel. Was perplexed by his car fiasco’s. Most recently his health improvement was so reassuring. I enjoyed his rants and raves also. I might not always agree but I always learned something from his opinions and posts.
    Reading that he passed was shocking and so very sad. No more posts about his new recliner, his lunches at home and out with friends. No more sharing his adorable twins and their adventures. No more stories from his past and the interesting polls and facts he knew. I so wish we had gotten together when he was last home! Stupid Covid!
    Michael you have a special place in our hearts and be remembered and missed. RIP our friend!

  13. Joe Bujak says:

    Mike Lepper, great man, awesome leader and manager, always positive……you will be missed my friend. I wish we could have connected in Savannah last year. Be at peace my friend

  14. Sharon Allerheiligen says:

    Mike, you were such a wonderful neighbor and friend. I so enjoyed all of our visits. When I look over at your house I still cannot believe you are not there. You will always be missed! I have visited with your two children and gave them my deepest condolences. I miss you my friend!!

  15. Andrea Ayerbe says:

    I am so sorry for your loss i know i am not blood related but i grew up with Uncle Mike and the kiddos and Aunt Susan will miss him dearly, he treated me like family and best friends with my dad as well as a good business partner here in florida back in the early 2000s. Uncle Mike i will surely miss you from the little girl u met at 9 years old thank you so much for being such a big part of my life and please give Aunt Susan hugs and kisses, will miss you big man till we meet up again at those pearly gates.

    Kaitlin and Andrew my dear friends (cousins by love and heart) so sorry for your loss just know u guys had a great father and the twins had one of the best grandfathers and kid could ask for.

    with much love

    Andrea Ayerbe

  16. Elizabeth hallenbeck says:

    What a pleasure it was to know this man! I was so young when I met Mr. Mike and the family and I just know some of my greatest childhood memories were at his house with him and Susan, and Andrew and Kaitlin. I’ll never forget 4th of July at your house and a firework exploded on the ground and caught my mom’s hair on fire LOL. She had to throw her drink in her hair to put it out and it left her with a bald spot for a while, it’s back to normal now 🙂 your house was ALWAYS filled with so much fun, so much laughter and never fell short on all the love. I hope heaven is just as beautiful as your time here on earth was. Sending my love to all of the family, God is always with you all.

    Love Lizzy

  17. Marilyn (Milli) Feiock says:

    Mike was a huge part of my childhood. We attended elementary and high school together. I knew he was going to be a successful business man. He is a true friend and my heart is broken. My he find peace and friend and family that has gone before him. Hug to the kids and grandkids.

  18. Karen Risk says:

    So sorry to hear about Mike passing away. He and I never met but we both had COPD. He was doing so good – I just can’t believe he is gone.

  19. Marilyn (Milli) Feiock says:

    I have love Mike from an early age. I pray that he is granted peace and happiness in heaven. It’s with a heavy broken heart I say goodbye

  20. Eva Corsaro says:

    I will miss Mike’s daily greetings on Facebook. I remember having Mike around when he lived in Indianapolis at family gatherings. My condolences to his family.

  21. Linda Bauer Schrunk says:

    I was so sad to hear if his sudden passing. I met him through Facebook as we are 3rd cousins. It was wonderful getting to know him, his children & grandchildren. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Mike.

  22. Joe and Pat Johnston says:

    Dear Kaitlyn and Andrew and to all your family…..
    Kaitlyn and the twins Andrew, you had a great father, he will be missed! We would see him at church on occasion..

    Love and Prayers!! may your dad Rest in Peace!!

  23. Sharon Maiman Rosenberg says:

    SO sorry for your loss. While I never met Mike in person, he was a dear friend. I will sorely miss hearing from him daily, wishing everyone well. He loved all of you so very much, and was so proud of all of you. May his memory be a blessing.

  24. Laurie Parson says:

    My heart goes out to the Lepper family. Mike was my all time favorite boss and the best with his Martinsville (IN) Maniac Crew… Norma, Laura, Dawn & myself all loved him dearly. Through the years he always kept in contact with us from afar and made each conversation a crazy one like the good ole days. You will be missed deeply old Boss Man & friend. Until we meet again

  25. Jason Bledsoe says:

    I met Mike upon moving to Savannah in August 2020. We became fast friends and enjoyed watching Netflix shows, and the occasional news program so we could debate the topics. To his family, I express my deepest condolences. In the short time that I knew Mike, I found him to be genuine, a huge personality and never met a stranger.
    Recently as I was looking for an Indian restaurant I called Mike. If I needed to know where the best Mexican restaurant in town was, I reached out to Mike. He was a great friend. He is truly missed. I tried to convince him to write a book that was going to entitled, The Guy Next Door. He mentioned to me that some other people in his history had also mentioned the book idea. But he told me that he was gonna let me be the one to write it. From clock repair to FBI operative, Mike was 1 in a million. Love ya Man!

  26. The Corsaro' says:

    So sorry for our loss. Mikey will truly be missed.
    Rest in peace our friend and cousin. Love you

  27. Joe and Pat Johnston says:

    We are so very sorry this happen suddenly. We saw Mike recently at Mass. Keep you in our pprayers! Mike may you rest in peace!
    Mike always had a smile on his face…and will tryly be missed!
    Love God Bless family and all those who knew MIKE!!
    A true friend and a man of his word!!!

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