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Earl "Bud" Neppl

May 22, 2019
Estherville News

Mass of Christian Burial for Earl "Bud" Neppl, 91, of Estherville, will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Merlin Schrad officiating. Interment will be at St. patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Estherville, with military honors by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91, both of Estherville. He passed away, surrounded by his family on May 18, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel with a 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Service Rosary and Presentation of the Chalice.

Earl "Bud" Francis Neppl was born on March 18, 1928, in Estherville, Iowa to Henry J. and Mary (Snyder) Neppl. Bud was the seventh of nine children.

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Bud received his education in the Emmet Consolidated School District and then Estherville High School. On Sept. 2, 1950, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Hyer at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville. On that same day, he was drafted and two months later he left to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. After being injured during combat, he received a Purple Heart. He returned home in 1952, where he and Dorothy settled on the Neppl family farm. They operated their grain and dairy farm for 23 years, with the help of their daughters. In 1973, they sold their farm and moved to Estherville. Bud then was employed as a John Deere Salesman for JD Webb Implement and later an auto salesman for Art Montgomery and Motor Inn, Inc. After retiring he and Dorothy enjoyed traveling and spending more time with family and friends.

Bud was an active member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He was a lay director for 19 years and a Eucharistic Minister of the Ordinary for 40 years. Bud served on the church finance committee and church council. He was very involved as a 3rd and 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus, in which he also held offices. Bud was also an active member in the farming community, serving on the Estherville Creamery Board, Emmet County 4-H, Farm Bureau Membership Chairman, and as an Emmet County Supervisor for eight years. One of Bud's greatest honors was when he was chosen to participate in the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight to Washington, DC in September of 2015.

Bud was a man that loved life. If you knew Bud, then you knew he loved to laugh and was always the jokester in the room. His smile could melt even the hardest heart. He was devoted to his family, friends and faith. He cherished his five grandchildren and their spouses and his three sweet great-grandchildren. He was loyal and caring to all he met, especially those in need. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews on the farm. Bud and Dorothy were the consummate hosts, throwing wonderful parties for any occasion. He was always up for a reason to celebrate and have fun.

Bud is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy, of Estherville; his daughters, Mary (Paul) Wachter of Fremont, NE, and Pamela (Myron) Lottman of Mooresville, NC; his grandchildren Meredith Wachter, John Paul (Rachel) Wachter, Emily Lottman, Ashley (Ryan) Brueckner, and Andrew (Brittanie) Lottman; his great-grandchildren Jackson Wachter, Madison Brueckner, and Hunter Lottman. He is also survived by his sisters, Lorraine Kirchner, Bernice Bendixen, and Rita Mae Fox and many nieces and nephews.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary; and his siblings Isadore Neppl, Florence Christensen, Melvin Neppl, Ethel Pohlen, and Gerald Neppl.

The family requests memorials be given to St. Patrick's of Estherville, Good Samaritan Society of Estherville or Avera Hospice.



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