Leon "Hank" Neppl
October 18, 1935 - November 18, 2022
Leon "Hank" Neppl, 87, of Glenwood, IA, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood with Rev. Dan Siepker officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Chapel Cemetery north of Pacific Junction, IA. Visitation, with family greeting friends, will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Memorials: Directed to the family
Leon "Hank" Neppl, 87, of Glenwood, IA, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022 at his home.
Hank, son of Christopher William and Mary Matilda (Rutten) Neppl was born on October 18, 1935 in Crawford County, IA. He spent his childhood running through the timber in his community, looking for and collecting Indian relic and kept his vast collection his entire life. He loved talking about racing his Hudson on the backroads of Denison. On November 19, 1955 he married Elizabeth (Betty) Loew. The couple was blessed with seven children.
Hank had fond memories of traveling with his kids and working with his four boys, as when they got older all four joined him in the railroad tie industry. Hank liked to refer to himself as the "Tiecoon Man". His three daughters were the apples of his eye. When the kids started getting married, grandkids came quickly and every single one had a special nickname from Grandpa. Actually, every person Hank came in contact with had a special nickname, some nicer than others.
Betty and Hank enjoyed spending time together, even the recent times of just staying at home and watching the news. Betty was always very amused by Hank, giggling at him and his crazy antics. Hank loved westerns and idolized John Wayne, claiming often to know him personally. Hank also loved antiques, especially antique stoves. He had a unique talent of restoring them back to their full glory and was known around the country for this talent. He founded the Antique Stove Association and was very proud of that.
Hank is preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeff Neppl; grandson, Jake North; granddaughter, Jamie Richardson; great granddaughter Oaklynn Slater; brothers, Urban, Elmer and Duane; sisters, Lucille, Maxine, and Marian.
Hank is survived by his wife of 66 years Betty of Glenwood, IA; children, David Neppl and his wife Cheryl of Glenwood, Dan Neppl and his wife Joan of Colorado Springs, CO, Pam Chambers and her husband Terry of Malvern, IA, Tammy O'Meara and her husband Mike of Glenwood, Henry Neppl and his wife Korrena of Pacific Junction, IA and Mary Greiner and her husband Roger of Glenwood; grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, LaVern Neppl and his wife Lorraine, Clarence Neppl and his wife Madonna; sisters, Virginia Hoerle and Ester Doyle; other relatives and a host of many friends.