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Melvin J. Neppl

Jul 7, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – Mass of Christian Burial for Melvin, J. Neppl, 89, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes as celebrant. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

He died Friday, July 3, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Melvin Joseph Neppl, the son of Henry and Mary (Snyder) Neppl, was born Oct. 30, 1919, in Estherville.

Melvin received his education in the rural Emmet County schools. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War Two and was stationed in the Pacific theatre.

On June 28, 1943, he was united in marriage to Irene Mildred Hyer, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church by Father J. J. Keane. After their marriage, the couple farmed in the rural Estherville area. In 1970, Melvin started working at Superior Elevator where he delivered fuel and retired in 1985.

Melvin was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville where he was a life member of the 3rd and 4th Degree of Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the VFW. and the Emmet County Soil Conservation Board. Melvin was also a past 4-H member leader.

Left to cherish Melvin’s memory is his wife of 66 years, Irene; seven sons, Larry Neppl and his wife, Ruth, of Marion, James Neppl and his wife, Carol, of Winona, Minn., Robert Neppl and his wife, Linda, of Peterson, Richard Neppl and his wife, Rochelle, of Spirit Lake, Patrick Neppl and his wife, Dureen, of Manchester, Scott Neppl and his wife, Joni, of De Forest, Wis., Mark Neppl and his wife, Janet, of Spirit Lake and Cheryll Neppl of Spirit Lake; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Earl “Bud” Neppl and his wife, Dorothy, of Estherville, Gerald Neppl and his wife, Bernadette, of Jacksonville, Ark., Lorraine Kirchner and Bernice Bendixen, both of Estherville, Ethel Pohlen and her husband, Jerome, of Destin, Fla., and Rita Mae Fox and her husband, Roy, of Des Moines and also by many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Isidore; sister, Florence Christensen; granddaughter, Amber Neppl Carter; two brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law; and a niece and nephew.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com