Neil David Epp


August 15, 1977 - July 4, 2012





Neil David Epp was born August 15, 1977 to David and Sonja (Grossoehme) Epp at Norfolk, NE.  He attended school in Marion, SD and then moved with his family to Carroll, IA, Mitchell, SD, Delano, MN and then back to Mitchell where he graduated from Mitchell High School in 1996.  Following graduation he worked various jobs including Mueller Lumber in Mitchell and Wrap-It in Howard.  Pursuing his life long dream of being an over-the-road truck driver, he attended and graduated from Western Dakota Technical Institute at Rapid City on May 17, 2001.  He began his trucking career with Holiday Express at Esterville, IA, then Transport Design Inc. at Savage, MN and Crete Carriers  Inc. at Crete, NE.  At one point in his trucking career, he covered 47 states in 3 months.  Neil completed 7 years of driving without any infractions.  He received several safety and fuel efficiency awards; twice, receiving the Driver of the Quarter Award.

Neil was passionate about wild life, especially turtles and ducks.  He went out of his way to save turtles and get the wayward ones he would find on the highway back to water.   Since he was 2 years old he was fascinated with trucks, wrangling rides when he could and he always knew he wanted to be an over-the-road truck driver.

He is survived by his parents of Mitchell; a brother, Steve Epp of Mitchell; and his paternal grandfather, Walter Epp of Freeman; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Neil was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Bob and Wilma Grossoehme and paternal grandmother, Catherine Epp.



Sunday, July 8, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, July 9, 2012
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Craig Yopp on July 16, 2012
Dave, I just heard of the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Posted by Sandy Nickel Bakke on July 12, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Holly Iversen on July 10, 2012
Oh Sonya , I just heard of Neil's passing. I'm so sorry to hear of this. Please know that even though I haven't seen you in several months, that I am sending love, strength and prayers to you all over the many miles that seperate us. Neil was always so kind to me and always a shy smile for me under that cap. He was a kind soul and I pray he has found peace. Love and sympathy to you my friend and your family.
Posted by Colleen Stadlman on July 9, 2012
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Neil in our high school years. He was very kind and fun to be around. Always remember the good times you had.
Posted by Annette Utecht on July 9, 2012
We are sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers at this time.
Posted by Brian & Julie Bell on July 8, 2012
Thoughts & Prayers to you all! May you find peace in the days to come.
Posted by Chad Shank on July 7, 2012
I went to high school with Neil. I hadn't seen him in many years, but he was always such a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and friends and family.
Posted by Kathy and Milo Sheldon on July 7, 2012
May God give all of you Peace and Comfort at this very difficult time. We will hold all of you in our prayers.
Posted by Becky Eichstadt-DeBoer on July 6, 2012
Sonja, Dave & Steven-so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace in the coming days. Take care
Posted by Kathy (Kelly) Metzinger on July 6, 2012
Dave, Sonja & Steven, I am so incredibly saddened to hear of Neil's passing. My heart goes out to each one of you during this most difficult time. May he rest in peace on the clouds in heaven! He was such a free spirit! My thoughts and prayers are with you! God bless!!
Posted by Jim & Margo Taylor on July 6, 2012
We are so saddened to hear of Neil's death. He brought lots of smiles to people and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Posted by Linda Perkins on July 6, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss....thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Karen Lambert on July 6, 2012
My prayers and thoughts of comfort are with you - Neil was a gentle soul and always a bright light to me - God give you all grace and peace.
Posted by Velda & Daryl Kilstrom on July 6, 2012
We are thinking and praying for you and your family. We can only imagine how difficult this is for you.
Posted by Kelly Hills on July 5, 2012
Dave, Sonja and Steven,
I was shocked and so sad to read about Neil's death. My heart goes out to you all. Prayers, love and light are being sent your way. God bless and may you find peace.
Posted by Kelly Gross on July 5, 2012
Dave, I just heard of your sudden loss. I am so sorry for the pain you and your family are going through right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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