In loving memory of

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.

Tributes

Chris Parks wrote on Nov 22, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Hank's passing. Our family enjoyed many great memories at Hank and Betty's home. He was such a fun guy to be around with that impeccable sense of humor. Condolences from the Parks family."

Daniel Crowl wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"Hank was a cantankerous old teddy bear. He never seemed to age in the pictures I?d see of him. I?m actually shocked he?s gone. He just seemed like someone who would always be there. He made me laugh out loud a few different times a long time ago. Thank you for that, Hank. Thank you for being such a great dad to the whole Neppl family, all such great people themselves. Rest in peace. You will be sorely missed. "

Paul wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"We all love you Uncle Hank, only you could tell me how much uglier I got everytime you seen me then laugh and put your arm around me , such a big softy, May God bless you Betty and the Neppl family, love you all Paul zeimen"

Eldon Prax wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"Prayers for the entire Neppl family. "

Mary Jo Davis wrote on Nov 19, 2022:

"I'm so very sorry for your loss. Hank was an original who called them like he saw them. He will be missed! "

Mary Jo Davis wrote on Nov 19, 2022:

"I'm so very sorry for your loss. Hank was an original who called them like he saw them. He will be missed! Sending thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time."

jim cunningham wrote on Nov 19, 2022:

"DAVE IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . MY BEST WISHES TO YOU AND THE FAMILY. JIM CUNNINGHAM (ex powder hauler}"

Vicky Van Fosson wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"I have so many memories of Hank while growing up. He was one of a kind. Sending love to all the family. Vicky V.F."

Richard Parks wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Hanks passing. Hank and Betty were like a second family to me. I will miss all the comical/witty chats we had. He was one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and the family!"

Sheri McVey wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"I?m so sorry for your families loss. ??"