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Hank Herpel, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Aspen Place Health Campus. Hank was born April 25, 1934, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Henry and Virginia (Shircliff) Herpel.
After graduating from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, he attended St. Meinrad Seminary and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1961. He served the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 11 years at St. Laurence, St. Joan of Arc and St. Mary's Rushville. Eventually, he co-pastored at St. Bridget's Parish with Fr. Adolf Dwenger for ten years. Hank also taught high school at Scecina and Chatard.
In 1972, he married Janet Land and they had two children - Joy Herpel and Chad Herpel. Hank worked in food service for Burger Chef, Bonanza, the Pines and Wendy's. He also worked for many years as a dislocated worker specialist for River Valley Resources. Hank believed in people and devoted his life to service. He served as President of the Rush County Habitat for Humanity for years and was a committed member of the Greensburg Optimist Club.
Hank loved racing. He was chaplain at the Indianapolis 500 for 10 years, was a USAC official at the finish line of the Pikes Peak Hill climb from 1972-1977, and was an avid Tony Stewart fan.
Survivors include his wife, Jan; daughter, Joy (Indianapolis); son, Chad (Greensburg); daughter-in-law, Kim Herpel; grandsons, Dylan, Mason, and Rylan; sister, Marilyn Seiwert (Pittsboro); brothers-in-law, Richard Schilling, Stephen Wallpe, Ronald Land, David Land, Paul Land, and Tim Volk; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Land, Norma Schilling, Marilyn Land, Ruth Wallpe, Robin Land, Kathy Land, and Sara Volk. There are numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Virginia Herpel; father and mother-in-law, Loren and Geneva Land; and brothers-in-law, Ed Seiwert and Thomas Wayne Land.
Hank's body will be cremated. Instead of flowers and other memorial gifts, the family requests donations be made to Our Hospice of Decatur County or to the Greensburg Transitional Living Center at 310 S. East Street Greensburg, IN 47240 or on their website at www.greensburgtlc.com.
A memorial service will be led by Father Adolph Dwenger at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. The family will receive guests following the memorial service until 5 p.m.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Published on January 17, 2017
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