Mike “Geppy” Gephart is a strong, witty, generous, guy who loves music, travelling, and being with his family and friends. He has played bass guitar for most of his life and has been in bands such as Free Beer No Cover, The Weavils, Twisted Configuration, The Great Garbonzos, Boney Fingers, Father Mac, and The Phry, just to name a few. And when someone in the valley needs a bass player for a gig, Gep steps in. He has played with Michael Boyle, Iggy Rae, Bobby Evans, and countless others. Even greater than his love for music is his love for his family. He is a loving father to two young girls and a supportive husband to his wife, D. Geppy has a charm about him that makes him pretty difficult not to like, and it’s been said that there aren’t many people out there that he doesn’t like back!
On March 12, 2014, Geppy was involved in a serious car accident on his way home from work. Thanks to the efforts of the first responders, he survived this horrible accident. He did, however, sustain many broken and fractured bones, as well as a very significant and severe head injury. He spent more than a week in ICU, and his recovery is expected to be a long one. He has many weeks, months, and possibly even years of rehab and therapy ahead of him.
Geppy’s wife, D, has displayed an amazing amount of strength and courage during the past few weeks. Staying on top of his continued roller coaster of recovery, driving back and forth between home and the hospital, taking care of a 3 year old and a 4 month old without her partner and dealing with paperwork from every angle. If this list wasn’t long enough, D has also gone back to work, as she has now suddenly become her family’s sole bread winner. All of that would seem like enough to bring anybody to their knees. In addition to all of this is the significance of being married to a guy that is so extremely loved by others. Through the countless bands he has been in over the years, Geppy has acquired thousands of friends and fans. And they ALL want updates. D has been strong under pressure and has been nothing but generous, opening up her private life to, in some cases, strangers. She does this because she understands. Geppy is just really easy to love, and, as she stated recently, “people love Geppy.” People have been coming out of the woodwork with offers to help, and here is your chance! We have started this website so that the people who so desperately and generously want to help Geppy and his family will have a way to do just that.
It’s still early in the game, here, folks. Nobody is sure just how long this recovery is going to take or how expensive it is going to end up being. What we do know is that the medical bills have the potential to be HIGH even after insurance pays its part. We also know that it’s going to be a long time before Geppy can get back to work and as we all know, life doesn’t slow down for anybody, not even Gep. There are still mortgage payments, daycare costs, and general bills that are going to need to be paid, and the Gephart Family’s income has been drastically reduced. I have seen the outpouring of love, prayers, and offers to help all over the internet. It’s time to pitch in. It’s time to do some good for somebody who has done good for pretty much everybody who knows him. Thank you in advance for your donation.
Donations can be made through this website or sent to:
Mike Gephart Benefit Account
PO Box 1003
Oshkosh, WI 54903