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Donald Hepperle Obituary

Donald Eugene  Hepperle
Donald Eugene Hepperle

October 6, 1930 - April 20, 2017
Born in Sodtown, Iowa
Resided in Reinbeck, IA

Obituary

Donald Eugene Hepperle, 86, of Ames, Iowa, formerly of Reinbeck, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Accura Healthcare of Ames. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. Burial will follow at the Reinbeck Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the French-Hand Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Don was born on October 6, 1930 in Sodtown, Iowa. He was the son of John and Erma (Hemphill) Hepperle. He was raised in Reinbeck and graduated from the Reinbeck High School in the class 1948. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Don was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He worked as a machinist for John Deere and a sandblaster for Pittsburg Steel until his retirement in 1992.

Upon his retirement, Don began traveling abroad to the Philippines and Mexico, doing missionary work and animal ecology interests, with an advanced specialty in Herpetology and Lepidoptery. He enjoyed raising show pigeons, fishing and raccoon hunting with his dogs. Don was a very faithful member of the Christian Church. His true joy in life came from sharing his interests and exotic adventures.

Don is survived by his children Rita, Shelia, Molly, Daniel, Joe, Randy and Lisa; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and nephews John and Steve. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Melvin; his daughter Elizabeth and his children's mother.

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Visitation
French-Hand Funeral Home
409 Clark Street
Reinbeck, IA US 50669
Monday, April 24, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Service
French-Hand Funeral Home
409 Clark Street
Reinbeck, IA US 50669
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
10:00 AM
Cemetery
Reinbeck Cemetery
Black Hawk Street
Reinbeck, IA US 50669
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11:00 AM

Charities

Memorials may be directed to the family
Creps-Abels
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Eldora, IA 50627
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Wellsburg, IA 50680
Phone: 641-869-3336
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Engelkes-Abels
Funeral Home

509 4th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638
Phone: 319-824-3319
Fax: 319-824-5240
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Dike
Funeral Chapel

680 Main Street
Dike, IA 50624
Phone: 319-824-3319
Fax: 319-824-5240
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French-Hand
Funeral Home

409 Clark Street
Reinbeck, IA 50669
Phone: 319-345-2622
Fax: 319-345-2020
hand@abelsfuneralhomes.com

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