Charles “Chuck” Nepple, 54, of Creston, Iowa, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020, at Unity Point Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
The family will be hosting a celebration of life gathering from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Crestmoor Golf Club, 1801 W. Townline Road in Creston. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Military honors will be performed by the Iowa National Guard and Theodore J. Martens, VFW Post 1797, at 1 p.m. Saturday in McKinley Park at the Veterans Commemorative Garden. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Charles John Nepple was born at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, on Nov. 18, 1965. Charles was the oldest of three children born to Charles Otto and Rita Ann (Grund) Nepple. Charles was raised and educated in Carroll, where he graduated early from Kuemper Catholic High School. He graduated from Southwestern Community College in Creston after earning an associate’s degree in auto body repair.
Following graduation, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1985, and a short time later he was married to Annette June Knight on Dec. 21, 1985, in Coon Rapids, Iowa. During his active duty, Chuck was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington, Korea and in Germany. Charles was honorably discharged in June 1990 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Upon his discharge, Charles returned to Iowa where he and Annette made their home in Sioux City and the couple were blessed with three children: Kenneth, Desiree and Anthony.
Upon his return to civilian life, Chuck began working for BNSF Railroad in Sioux City. He would later become an engineer and was transferred to Creston in 2003. His failing health forced him to medically retire after 17 years of service.
Chuck was a member of the Creston American Legion and the Harley Owners Group. He was an avid reader and gamer and loved both online games and family games. He enjoyed watching movies and traveling when possible. Chuck and Annette were able to travel to the Black Hills in South Dakota in May 2018. Family was always first to Chuck, and he loved spending time with his family.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Annette Nepple of Creston; his three children: Kenneth (wife Mary) Nepple of Aurora, Ohio; Desiree (husband Cody) Callison of Afton, Iowa, and Anthony Nepple of Creston; three grandchildren: Madelyn Nepple, Avangeline and Wesley Callison; his two younger siblings: Pam (husband Brad) Borchers of Sioux City, Iowa, and Karen (husband Mike) Renslow of Jefferson, Iowa; his father- and mother-in-law, Glen and Janet Knight of Coon Rapids, Iowa; sister-in-law Paula (husband Steve) Knight of Indianola, Iowa; brother-in-law, Glen Knight Jr. of Glidden, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and other extended family members.