Memorial Service Friday For Beloved Local Butcher Josh Epple

A memorial service is planned Friday for the owner of a butcher shop in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood who was killed in a motorcycle crash on an on-ramp to U.S. Highway 101 last weekend.

Josh Epple, 42, owned Drewes Meats, located near Church and 29th streets.

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At about 2 a.m. last Saturday, Epple apparently lost control of his motorcycle on the 10th Street on-ramp to Highway 101 in San Francisco, was ejected from the bike and fell to city streets below, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Drewes Meats has remained open following the tragedy but will be closed for portions of Friday and Saturday while employees attend a memorial service and celebration of Epple’s life, according to employee Rick Cornns.

The memorial service is planned for 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Church at 221 Valley St. while the celebration of Epple’s life is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in McLaren Park.

Cornns said the Saturday event will give Epple’s family and friends a chance to have a barbeque and “crack jokes and remember all the good things about Josh.”

A makeshift memorial sprung up outside the store, where a number of people had left flowers on a bench near a cardboard sign reading, “RIP Josh. We miss you already.”

CHP officials were not immediately available today to provide an update on what may have caused the crash.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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