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John A. Nepean, Sr.

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“John was a great guy. Deepest sympathy to Diann and her family. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Connie Weatherby - Sterling, IL

“So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Hold on to all the memories you have with him. He will be greatly missed. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Julie Harris - SHANNON, IL


John A. Nepean Sr. (Aapa), 82 of Freeport, Il passed away peacefully on February 5, 2022 at Ascension Living Saint Joseph Village with his grandson Richard at his side. John was born on September 5, 1939, the son of Robert and Nora (King)Nepean.
John, had several careers throughout his life. He was an assistant manager at Montgomery Ward in Iowa. Locally he was the manager of the Freeport Rent-A-Center, a long-time Lanark Food Center employee, and a Walmart Greeter in Sterling, Illinois.
Above all else, his most cherished job was that of a grandfather. John raised four of his grandchildren; Kalen, Candice, Richard and Ashley; from diapers to diplomas and never slowed down. Aapa made a "retired" life for himself in the town of Lanark, Illinois. He reconnected with Diann and found love, they later married. He made a great many friends through the extra-curriculars he carted the kids to and from throughout the years. He will be remembered for his laugh, his smile, and his selflessness. He was one of the good ones.
He is survived by his wife Diann Nepean of Rockfalls, Illinois; his two dogs Ollie and Maggie; two daughters Sherry Thompson of Albuquerque and Dawn (Dan) Curtis of Cortland; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Carol (Chuck) Simpson; two step-daughters Ashlee-Lynn (Brad Jr) Lauer of Rossford, Ohio and Demi (Ron Jr) Pageloff of Rockfalls, Illinois, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, John A. Nepean Jr; his parents; his grandson Caleb Thompson; sisters, Edith Votaw, Betty Marbutt, Gloria Roach, Jeanette White, Ruby Long, Rosemary Rollins, and Dorothy West; two brothers, Bobby Nepean and Lonnie Olson; and his ex-wife Darlene Plumley who was the mother of his three children.
Aapa will be forever missed, but remembered by friends and family. A special thank you to Ascension Living Saint Joseph Village staff members for the wonderful care he received. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 8th from 3:00pm until 4:30pm at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, Illinois. Funeral services to follow at 4:30pm. A private burial will take place on Wednesday, February 9th. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his honor.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.