Henry R. Peppmeier

Henry R. Peppmeier

Henry R. Peppmeier, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, December 14, 2020. To celebrate Henry’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Summit Congregational UCC, 2885 JFK Road. Due to COVID-19 concerns the number of people inside the building will be limited, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Henry’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 11:00 a.m., on Friday at Summit Congregational UCC, with Pastor Karen Candee officiating. The service will be available to watch on Summit Worship YouTube via the Church’s website at www.summitucc.org. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Henry was born on March 3, 1935, in Spencer, Iowa, son of Amos and Mary Iva (Warren) Peppmeier.

Henry was born and raised in Spencer, Iowa, where he graduated from Spencer High School in 1953. After school, he went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army, and his patriotism was proudly on display throughout his home. He was united in marriage to Carrie Loudermilk on September 24, 1960, in Cherry Dale, Virginia. The couple was thrilled to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Henry was a hard worker and devoted 30 years to the John Deere Dubuque Works, until his well deserved retirement in 1994. He was a member of the U.A.W. Retirees, a member of the former Faith United Methodist Church on Jackson Street, and a current member of Summit Congregational UCC. In his free time, Henry liked to get outside and do some fishing with family and friends on the Turkey River. He also enjoyed looking for treasures metal detecting, or staying home and reading Louis L’Amore books and watching movies. Henry was a very patient and mild mannered man, an excellent role model for his family. He never took himself too seriously and loved to aggravate his family and grandkids with his countless stories. We are deeply saddened at losing Henry, especially so close to Christmas, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting in peace, free of the health challenges he has faced these past months.

Those left to cherish Henry’s memory include

his loving wife,
Carrie Peppmeier, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sons,
Daniel (Lori) Peppmeier, Commanche, IA
and Timothy (Shelli) Peppmeier, Peosta, IA;

2 grandsons,
Ryan and Chad Peppmeier;

2 granddaughters,
Molly and Miranda Peppmeier;

his siblings,
Mary June (Leo) Lang, Omaha, NE
and Dale Peppmeier, Iola, KS;

and his in-laws,
Shirley Peppmeier, Des Moines, IA,
Ruby Loudermilk, Lawrenceville, IL,
Jerry (Barbara) Loudermilk, Lawrenceville, IL
and Sherman “Sherm” (Sherry) Loudermilk, Oaktown, IN.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; a son Mark Peppmeier; his siblings, Lucille (Donald) Hunt, Ella Mae (Kenneth) Faline, Harold (Shirley) Peppmeier and Paul Peppmeier; and his in-laws, Roy Loudermilk, Wilmer (Mary Ruth) Loudermilk, Phillip (Sherian) Loudermilk and Linda (Robert) Porter.

Henry’s family would liked to thank all of their extended family and friends for their loving support and care.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Henry Peppmeier Family.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

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Summit Congregational UCC
2885 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa
December 18th, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Funeral service

Summit Congregational UCC
2885 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa
December 18th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

12 condolences for Henry R. Peppmeier
  1. Becky Nelson says:

    My heart is sad to hear about the passing of Uncle Henry. He was a gentle soul and a man of great wit. He will be deeply missed. Sending my love and prayers.

  2. Alan and Julie Temperly says:

    Tim + Shelli, I’m so sorr, please know we are praying for peace and comfort to you both and your family.

    Love, Alan + Julie

  3. Lisa Harrington says:

    I have so many happy childhood memories living next door to the Peppmeier family.
    Carrie, Danny and Timmy, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of dear Henry. (You will always be Danny and Timmy to me!) Carrie and Henry included me in so many activities and outings that I felt like an honorary family member as a young girl. Henry was such a sweet and gentle man, and weren’t we all so fortunate to have had him pass through our lives?

    With sympathy, Lisa (Beauchamp) Harrington

  4. Marilyn & Jack Hafeman says:

    Peppmeier family—Our sympathy and prayers. Sorry for your loss. We only know Peppi in this family. It sounds like he truly was a kind, gentle person who will be missed by many. But Carrie, you and Henry did a super job raising him, and I’m sure Dan. He was our very best mailman ever. He’d do anything to help us anyway he could. He also must have inherited his dad’s “aggitation” skills, as he can really dish it out!!!!! My husband gives it back to him too though, so don’t feel bad for us. Ha,Ha.

  5. Louise Mark and Angelina (Loudermilk) Cossari says:

    Love you Aunt Carrie I remember visiting you and Uncle Henry and the good time we had as kids. Uncle Henry was kind like to joke around with us. I will be praying for all of you

  6. Denise Loudermilk says:

    We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories you have bring a smile to your face and comfort to your heart. Uncle Henry will be deeply missed. Love Keith and Denise

  7. Joannie Loudermilk Herr says:

    I love you Aunt Carrie and Dan and Tim. You did a wonderful job today Dan. My hearts go out to you all and wished I could wrap my arms around you all. Uncle Henry was a wonderful Uncle. I love all the times talking to him and his jokes. I will miss him. I will always remember spending time with you all and that summer. Love you and hope to see you all soon. God be with you all. Love you

  8. Gerarda says:

    Tim and Shelli, so sad for your loss. Wish I could give you a hug, but my prayers are with you. To lose your Dad…it is a massive loss. Love you both, and hope to be together sometime soon…we can toast and celebrate your Dad, Tim. Tony and Gerarda

  9. Ed Carpenter Jr. says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Henry was an incredible person.
    Ed Carpenter Jr.

  10. Glinda Manternach says:

    Carrie and family, So very sorry to hear of Henry’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Glinda

  11. Terry Routley says:

    Tim and Shelli,
    So sorry for your loss! Such a hard time for this. Praying for your comfort!

  12. Betty Martin says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Carrie, during this very difficult time.

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