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Curtiss Hugh Nepper 1947 - 2020


Posted By: Connie Swearingen- Volunteer (email)
Date: 1/12/2021 at 00:09:12

Mapleton Press
24 December 2020

Curtiss H. Nepper, age 73, of Ute, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at his residence of Ute, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., in the St. Paulís Lutheran Church of Ute, Iowa. Rev. Nathan Peitsch will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the St. Clair Township Cemetery of Ute, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the Aaby Post No. 442 of the American Legion and the VFW Post No. 5605 of Ute, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held one-hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the St. Paulís Lutheran Church of Ute, Iowa. The funeral service will be livestreamed on the St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governorís proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ute, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Curtiss Hugh Nepper was born May 15, 1947, in a farm house in Ute, Iowa. He was the son of Warren and Helene (Ziems) Nepper. He passed away at the age of 73 on December 17, 2020.

Curtiss was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Iowa. He received his education at the Charter Oak-Ute School and graduated in 1965. He then joined the National Guard. He married Jean Halverson at the Soldier Lutheran Church before being called up for duty in Vietnam. He fought in some of the worst battles while there, including Hamburger Hill. He received numerous medals which he was very proud of.

When he returned from the war, he farmed for several years, then began a new venture at CO-OP. He always said working with those younger guys was a gift. They taught him and he taught them.

One of Curtiss's favorite things to do was to attend all three kids' sports. During Justin and Gentry's football games, he ran up and down the sidelines and was probably the loudest voice there. If he embarrassed his boys, they never said one thing about it, so Curtiss assumed they actually loved it. He also enjoyed watching his daughter Tawny play her various sports, and as he always said, 'the dreaded band thing."

He was always thinking ahead on how to keep his kids happy, so the boys were blessed with small motorcycles to be ridden. And to make sure everyone was happy, a horse for his daughter.

Curtiss was a builder of many things. He built whatever piece of furniture the kids would ask of him. They would show him a picture, and he would build it. Over the years, he had built numerous pieces that are treasured to this day.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Justin Nepper and his wife Jill of Urbandale, IA and Gentry Nepper of Grimes, IA; one daughter, Tawny Nepper Langenfeld and her husband Heath of Granger, IA. Curtiss's life was blessed with six grandchildren who were very special to him: Sydney, Lauren, Taylor, Lily, Pace and Kai. Also, brothers Dean Nepper of Ute, IA and Allen (Linda) Nepper of Charter Oak, IA; sisters Coreen (Henry) Kunze of Oregon and Sharon Barngrover of Minnesota; sister-in-law Cindy Nepper of Charter Oak, IA; plus numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jean; parents Warren and Helene Nepper; brother Warren Jr. (Shirley) Nepper; sister Anneta (Elgin) Lovell; brothers-in-law Ronald Barngrover and Bob Halverson; sister-in-law Mary Lee Nepper; and a favorite nephew of his Mike Nepper


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