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Leon "Wipp" R Wipplinger Obituary

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Leon "Wipp" R Wipplinger

Forest City, IA

April 25, 1941 - March 26, 2024

Leon "Wipp" R Wipplinger Obituary

Leon “Wipp” R. Wipplinger, age 82 of Thompson, IA passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Monday, April 1, 2024 at Schott Funeral Homes, 505 North Clark St. Forest City, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at the Zion Lutheran Church, 226 S. Monroe St., Thompson, Iowa 50478 with Pastor Glenn Smith officiating.

Burial will be at Our Savior’s Cemetery in Kiester, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Thompson Fire Department, the Zion Lutheran Church in Thompson, or to the Our Savior’s Cemetery fund in Kiester, Minnesota.

Leon “Wipp” Ronald Wipplinger was born April 25, 1941 in the Hospital in Kiester, Minnesota and baptized June 8, 1941 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kiester. He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Thompson, Iowa in 1956. He graduated from High School in Thompson in 1960. After the passing of his father, he remained on the Alfred Elvebak farm as a farm laborer until 1967 where he worked for his cousin, Leo Wipplinger. He loved those cows.

In 1967 on Leo’s farm is where he and Carol Denzer met-as they were looking at each when he went out to do evening chores. Leon and Carol Denzer were married the following year on Aug 24, 1968 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. They lived the next 55 years in the Thompson, Iowa area. After leaving the farm, he worked as a plumber for Ellefson Plumbing & Heating in Thompson. He and his wife Carol purchased the business and operated it for a few years, at which time he decided to go back to farming, working for Clifford Brandstad and Gary Wunder. He loved farming. He then went to work at the Thompson School as a Custodian. He thoroughly enjoyed being with the kids. Leon retired in 2005 from the schools. He was a Jack-of-all-trades and liked to help his friends as needed. He also enjoyed helping with spring planting and fall harvest for area farmers.

Wipp & Carol loved to camp, grilling and smoking meats, and entertaining friends and relatives. They enjoyed late afternoons visiting with their neighbors, Pat & Cliff Hill on their deck.

Leon is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Carol; sisters-in-law, Gloria Puckett and Dorothy Spence; cousins, Marian Platte and Larry ”Hawk” Elvebak and wife Clarine; numerous nieces and nephews- between 40 and 60- several whom were special to both Wipp and Carol.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Alvina Wipplinger, sister and her husband Marilyn and Glenn Harkness, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins.

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