Neil K. Wiele, 87

Local obituary


Neil K. Wiele, 87, of West Liberty died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Private family services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14, at the West Liberty United Methodist Church. The funeral service was live streamed via the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home Facebook page:, for those who wish to view the service online.

A casual (wear your Hawkeye or St. Louis Cardinal attire) memorial visitation/celebrating Neil’s life was held Sunday afternoon at the West Liberty Community Center, 1104 North Calhoun St. West Liberty.

Online condolences may be made to the family A memorial fund has been established.

Neil was born March 3, 1934 in Grandview, Iowa, the son of Cecil and Frances Wiele. He was a graduate of Grandview High School in 1951.

Neil worked various jobs before becoming a General Motors business dealer, opening Wiele Chevrolet in September of 1972 in West Liberty, which expanded to Columbus Junction in 1993 and Tipton in 2019. Neil passed away just 10 months short of celebrating 50 years as a GM business dealer.

On June 21, 1952, he was united in marriage to Jacklyn Duncan and they had three children including Tom (Bonnie) Wiele of Nichols, Diane (Steve) Meyerholz of Iowa City and Kent (Kim) Wiele of West Liberty.

Jacklyn died on July 29, 1991. Neil later married Elaine Grouwinkel on July 11, 1992 in West Liberty and gained another family which includes Angie (Alan) Feldman of West Liberty and Chad (Jennifer) Grouwinkel of Ames.

Neil was very active in the community, serving as a volunteer fireman for Wapello and West Liberty Fire Departments for 30 years, a member of the West Liberty Lions Club, Jaycee’s and a 50-year member of the Mt. Calvary Masonic Lodge based in West Liberty.

He enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals, his frequent trips to Branson, Missouri, his miniature ponies with the grandchildren, and most importantly, watching the sporting events of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his three children as well as 10 grandchildren: Mandi (Troy) Wulf, Jeff (Tasha) Wiele, Mick (Tiffany) Wiele Ashlee (Avery) Meyers. T.J. (Megan) Meyerholz, Jill (Travis) Grager, Kelsie (J.J.) Garcia, Kayla (Andy) Morrison, Kasey (Taylor) Wiele, and Kory (Lindsey) Wiele.

Also surviving are 26 great-grandchildren and another on the way, as well as Elaine’s two children, who gave them six grandchildren: Katie (Austin) Hochstetler, Tyler, Spencer (Hannah) Feldman, Zach (Maddy), Sydney and Josh Grouwinkel and two great-grandchildren.