Leon L. Peplinski Sr., 97, Amherst Junction, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at St. Michael’s Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Custer. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst and from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the procession leaves for the church. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Mr. Peplinski was born May 4, 1903, in the town of Stockton, a son of the late August and Clara (Kirschling) Peplinski.
He was married to Martina “Martha” K. Lepak on May 24, 1932, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Custer.
He was one of the first ironworkers in Portage County. He worked on building St. Stephen Church, the Hardware Mutual Building (now Sentry Insurance), the Stevens Point water tower, the County-City Building, buildings at Consolidated Papers, the Du Bay Dam and many University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point buildings.
He spent one year on the Alcan Highway in Alaska, operating heavy equipment. He also went to Greenland and worked for the U.S. Air Force, building airports and hangars.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Custer.
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Connie (Rene) Pauloski, Scandinavia; three sons, August “Gusty” (Janet) and Jim (Agnes), both of Custer, and Leon (Barbara) Jr., Amherst Junction, 21 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Alex, Clarence, Clifton and Joey; three sisters, Dorothy Hintz, Lucy Hintz and Gladys Lorbecki; and three great-grandchildren.