Francis J. Wiepen, age 86, of Fordyce, Nebraska, died Monday December 25, 2017, at this home surrounded by his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church in St. Helena, Nebraska, with Reverend Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in St. Helena. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church in St. Helena, Nebraska, with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home of Hartington, Nebraska.
Pallbearers are: Michael Wieseler, Scott Wieseler, Nicholas Peitz, John Peitz, Chris Poole, Don Poole, Jacob Wiepen, and Mathew Heimes. Honorary pallbearers are: Danielle Thacker, Denise Poole, Valerie Woodward, Cheryl Norris, Jessica Humphrey, Tristin Miles, Anna Wiepen, Kari Wieseler, Jennifer Wieseler, Samantha Wieseler, Jackie Genzlinger, Dana Mach, Delana Mach, and Denae Mach.
Francis J. Wiepen was born July 27, 1931, on the original Wiepen homestead near St. Helena, Nebraska, to Anton and Bertha (Jansen) Wiepen. He grew up on the farm and attended Sunnyside Country School until the 8th grade. He wanted to continue his education but his parents needed him on the farm. He married Irma Lauer on April 4, 1956, in Hartington, Nebraska and moved to his farm near St. Helena. In his 30's, health issues limited his farming career. He then began working in Yankton, South Dakota. He worked at Freeman Company, Gurney's, Dale Electronics and Kolberg Pioneer, which he continued until his retirement from full-time work in 2003. He continued to work part-time at Kolberg Pioneer until finally fully retiring in 2011.
Francis was a member of Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church and took great pride in serving his Church as an EME as well as a lector for over 30 years. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a great smile, and a unique ability to always see the bright side of a situation. He remembered everything and everyone. He loved working, visiting with people and square dancing, but he mostly loved his farm, his faith and his family.
Survivors include his wife, Irma Wiepen of Fordyce, Nebraska; six children: Carol (Dan) Poole of Honey Creek, Iowa; Nancy (Bruce) Peitz of Fordyce; Kevin (Lisa) Wiepen of Yankton, South Dakota; Janet (Mike) Wieseler of Tyndall, South Dakota; Peggy (Bryce) Mach of Viborg, South Dakota; and David Wiepen of Fordyce; 22 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brother, Alphonse (Gertrude) Wiepen of Coleridge, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Joyce Wiepen of St. Helena, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bruno Wiepen; and two sisters, Anna (Edwin) Pinkelman and Delores (Julius) Schmitt.
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You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Francis. May God grant you the grace and strength to deal with the grief. He is spending Christmas with his Good Lord. Hang on to the good memories.
So sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. May God comfort all of you at this time.
I worked with Francis at KPI ~ he was always very friendly to be around. You're all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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