William E. “Bill” Eppel (aka “Mr. Delano”), age 86, of Delano, died peacefully Thursday, June 7, 2018, from congestive heart failure.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Delano. There will be a gathering of family and friends Thursday, June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Bill was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Delano, to John “Jack” and Teresa “Tessie” (Dahlheimer) Eppel; so small he slept in a dresser drawer.
He grew up on the family farm, and graduated from Delano High School with the class of 1949.
Bill married Lenore Motzko, and their union was blessed with four children.
Bill worked at Honeywell for several years, before returning to his hometown to hold various positions including bus driver, parts delivery, auctioneer’s assistant, and to pursue his passion that of collecting Delano memorabilia and dedicating his time to the history of the town.
Bill put together a family history book for each of his children, assisted others on their historical projects, and provided historical photos for events and display, including for the movie “A Simple Plan.”
He loved to meet and commiserate with his friends at Coborn’s, and for many years, was a fixture at the deli there. He enjoyed his fellow historian friends, meeting friends at Flippin’ Bill’s and later Coborn’s for cards and coffee, and chatting with all the gals at Coborn’s. He is missed by many.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Lenore; and his parents.
He is survived by his children: Kathryn (Katie) Weber of Phoenix, AZ; Richard (Lara) Eppel of St. Louis, MO; Lisa (Michael) Spencer of Buffalo, and John Eppel of Owatonna; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and friend Laurie.