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Dale Allen Eppler

November 30, 2021 | 11 comments

Dale Allen Eppler age 76, of Holmen, WI, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 28 in La Crosse, WI. He was born on September 27, 1945 to Raymond and Arvilla Eppler. He married Jane Ellen Smith on June 14, 1969 in Oconomowoc, WI.

Above all Dale was a devoted husband and father with a solid faith in Jesus Christ. He was an avid people person. In everything he did he sought to connect with people and listen to their story while looking for ways to help them and bring optimism to any situation. Born and raised on a dairy farm near Ixonia, WI he learned to work hard which would serve him well his entire life. From early on in life he had a love for the outdoors and being active. He enjoyed pheasant and duck hunting as well as camping with his young family and later in life developed a passion for biking and road literally thousands of miles.

He spent the majority of his career in sales with Thrivent Financial using his gifts to connect with people and serve them through financial planning. Dale was very involved with the Kiwanis service organization, served on the board at Lutherdale  and volunteered all throughout the community in different regards. He used his position in the community to make it a better place. Over his life, he was faithfully a member of Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc and later Trinity Lutheran Church in La Crosse. He served in many capacities in the church and loved to further the mission of the church from behind the scenes.

His passion for people started with his family and he loved his wife, children and grandchildren well. His early retirement years were filled with much family activity including extended visits to Three Lakes, WI to spend time with grandkids. He and Jane opened their home to his mother in law Bette who lived with them for nearly 8 years. Much time was spent cheering on the Brewers and Packers which he enjoyed right up until his death. He took great pride in the care of his home and yard and found joy in the simplest of things. Dale loved life and the family that surrounded him in it both near and far.

He is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Karla of Holmen, son Scott (Anne) of Three Lakes, WI and brother Dean (Ruth). He is also survived by three grandchildren Samuel, Elizabeth and Emma of Three Lakes. He is further survived by numerous cousins and relatives. His faithful Golden Retriever Gracie also survives him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Ronnie who was still born and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many relatives and friends who have reached out as well as to the Coulee Cremation Group and Pastor Phil who have served us well during this difficult time. We would also like to thank the Holmen First Responders and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.

A memorial service for Dale will be held on Friday December 3 at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Sill St., La Crosse, WI. A visitation will precede the service from 9-11 am.

Memorials can be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church in La Crosse or Lutherdale.



  1. Dick and Patti

    Dear Jane, Karla and Scott, our hearts are broken with your news of Dale. We will always have fond memories of all the camping , card playing and the best of friends. With deepest sympathy, Dick and Patti

  2. Kathy Corbell

    My sympathy to you Jane and family. Treasure the many memories and blessings that Dale brought to you.

  3. Kathy Schwartz

    So sorry to hear this thoughts and prayers for you and your family if I can help in any way don’t hesitate to ask

  4. Jackie Ribbe

    Blessings and love to all the Epplers during these difficult days. We love you!

  5. Karla Toppen

    I am so sorry to hear of Dale passing. I thought of all of you as family and enjoyed visiting with Dale when he brought in Gracie. Hugs to you all

  6. Sandy Thompson

    Sincere sympathy to the entire family. I knew Dale well from our shared ministries at Trinity. We was truly a very good man. He will be missed dearly by so many, including his church family. God Bless you all. May many treasured memories comfort you in this difficult time.

    Sandy and Tom Thompson fromTrinity Lutheran Church

  7. Sally (Pugh) Tinberg

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. As cousins, I have fond memories spending time with the family at the farm in Ixonia. My dad always spoke of the fun they had playing cards each month. He was always grateful that Dale travelled so far to spend time together. Dale was a kind child and as I read his obituary, he grew to be an extraordinary man.

  8. Scott Hendrickson

    A sad day for the Eppler and Trinity families. No doubt such a fine gentleman will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Mat he rest in God’s Peace

    Pam & Scott

  9. Laurie Noelke

    My deepest sympathies on Dale’s passing. I knew him through Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a great man and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by many. May God hold him and comfort you through this difficult time.

  10. Isaac Curtis Brewer[users_firstname] [users_lastname]

    The Brewer Family:

    We have many fond memories of Dale and all of his family.
    He and they were good friends and a treasure to know.

    We are sad about his passing and wish his family the very

    With best regards,
    Nan and Curt for all the Brewers

  11. Jeanne Johns

    We were saddened to learn of Dale’s passing through our bulletin at Dr Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc. Dale helped us greatly with financial planning while he was at Thrivent in Oconomowoc. He was truly a man of integrity that we felt comfortable in working with. In reading about his life, we could not agree more….a great man who cared about others. He will certainly be missed by many. Our sincere sympathy to the Eppler family.
    Jeanne and Jay Johns


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