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Aloysius ‘Al’ Neppl

Mar 8, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — Mass of Christian burial for Aloysius ‘Al’ Neppl, 87, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2008, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes as Celebrant. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

He died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at Rosewood Manor in Estherville.

Aloysius Nickolas Neppl, the son of Edward and Julia (Thelen) Neppl, was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Breda.

Al received his education in the Gruver schools and graduated from Gruver High School in 1938. He served in the United States Merchant Marines during World War II. While serving in the military Al met Catherine Petzel, who was serving in the United States Coast Guard and on Oct. 23, 1945, they were united in marriage in San Francisco, Calif. Following their honorable discharge from military service, the couple made their home in Gruver for a short time. While living in Gruver, in his free time, Al coached the baseball team. In 1949, they moved to a farm north of Estherville, known over the years as “Neppl’s Hill,” where they farmed and raised their family. Besides farming, Al also was employed at John Morrell and Company, beginning in the 1950’s when it opened. A highlight in Al’s life was coaching the Emmet Consolidated School’s Basketball Team to a State Class B Championship in 1951. When Al and Kay retired in 1984, after completing the monumental task of raising their huge family, they began traveling throughout the United States and even had the opportunity to travel overseas to Scotland. During their retirement years, besides traveling, the couple also enjoyed going dancing. In his leisure time, Al was also known for his love of trapping and fishing. Despite failing health which led to his becoming a resident of Rosewood Manor in 2000, Al never complained. He always remained upbeat and jovial and was known at Rosewood for either telling a good joke or listening to one. Al especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Al was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He was also a lifetime member of Estherville VFW Post 3388. In addition, Al belonged to many trapping and fishing associations. Dating back to his military service, Al was a member of the Gallup Radioman’s Club and he enjoyed attending their reunions.

Left to cherish Al’s memory are his wife of 62 years, Catherine “Kay” of Estherville. Also surviving are 14 children, Karen Siedel and her husband, Dave of Rockledge, Fla.; Thomas Neppl and his wife, Mary, of Lee Summit, Mo.; Craig Neppl and his wife, Linda, of Estherville; Nancy Iannarelli and her husband, Frank, of Sturgis, Mich.; Murray Neppl and his wife, Barb, of Crivitz, Wis.; Barbara Burgess and her husband, Don, of Goodyear, Ariz.; Lewis Neppl of Woodward; Shirley Wells and her husband, Doug, of Grand Junction, Colo.; Jodie Vortherms and Bob McClain of Fulda, Minn.; Gary Neppl and his wife, Jeanie, of Dewitt, Ark.; Desiree White and Robert Harrison of Roanoke, Va.; John Neppl of Davenport; William Neppl and his wife, Brenda, of Milton, Kan.; and Amy Neppl of Roanoke. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren, Dave Jr., Troy, Jeff, Thomas, Tammy, Travis, Brent, Stephanie, Derek, Curtis, Tracie, Todd, Michael, Mandy, Steven, Chad, Dillon, Daniel, Dustin, Lisa, Jake, Brittney, Angie, Brian, Becky, Catherine, Stevie, Ashley, Nicholas; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Marie Thiel and her husband, Kenny, Margaret Bundy, and Norma Myers and her husband, John; a brother, Edward Neppl; and sister-in-law, Jean Neppl. Preceding Al in death were an infant daughter, Mary; his parents; an infant brother; and brother, Laverdas (Shorty) Neppl.

Al’s family prefers in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Al Neppl Memorial Fund so that they may further the care that hospice provides. On-line condolences may be sent to: www.henryolsonfuneral.com