OBITUARY

Neal A. Worpel

June 11, 1972December 2, 2020

“Deutschland ist die nummer eins in der welt.” – “Germany is number one in the world!” is what you’d hear from Neal Alexander Worpel when Germany played soccer and there wasn’t a game he missed. Neal was born in Kelkheim, Germany on June 11, 1972 and his parents, Andreas and Liesbeth, afforded their children the experience to see the world as they traveled for Andreas’ career. Neal, along with older brother Dirk, and younger siblings, Fiona and Julien, called places such as Germany, Pakistan, Nigeria, and South Korea home.

In school, Neal donned the #3 on his jerseys as he excelled in his position of goalie on the soccer team, and setter when playing volleyball. After graduating in 1990 from Seoul International High School in South Korea, he came to the United States when accepted into the business program at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Here, he was treasurer for TKE Fraternity, and is where he also met another international student, from Turkey, Ozlem Ozkonuksever. The pair stayed in contact, and after Neal graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a minor in International Relations, he joined Ozlem in Turkey where the pair shared marriage vows on September 7, 1995.

Like his father, Neal had a flare for languages and picked up the Turkish dialect quickly and after a short stint at selling socks, he began looking for a better opportunity and found what became a rewarding sales career with Cargill Turkey as a Tallow merchant. Here he utilized his education and through this, met clients with whom he established lifelong relationships.

2003 was a year that brought his biggest achievements, as twins Isabella “Naz” and Andreas “Cem” joined the Worpel team. This pair lit up his life and with these additions, he and Ozlem set out for new adventures which came in the form of a transfer, back to the US, in 2006 to Cargill Meat Solutions in Wichita, Kansas. Neal spent 19 years with Cargill before becoming Senior Trading Manager with RCH Enterprises Inc. in 2016.

The words thoughtful, supportive, and caring are just a few to describe a man who also brought humor to into all he did. Neal was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and friend to anyone he met.

Thankfully, his best friend Ozlem was beside him as he peacefully came to rest on December 2, 2020 in Wichita.

If you are unable to join us in person for Neal’s service please connect with us via the livestream which will be available for viewing on the Lakeview Funeral Home and Lakeview Cemetery Facebook page or you may use the “Join Livestream,” tab under Services, on Neal’s obituary page. The link will go live 5 minutes before the service.

In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made in Neal’s honor to Action Against Hunger – a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/donate/save-lives-end-hunger.

Services

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    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Memories

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Marc Foo

February 28, 2021

I met Neal in the Cargill Kuala Lumpur office when he was visiting. Imagine our amazement when we both discovered we attended Beloit College albeit I was there for only a short stint.

Lovely chap Neal was. RIP.

Caglayan & Aslı Çavuşoğlu

February 26, 2021

When I first met with Neal, I immediately liked him very much. And this does not happen often. It was because of him, he was so sincere and fun, but hold on maybe the main reason was because he was such a good Rakı fan. So we became close friends and I always enjoyed his company. I still remember that first night very well, we were having such a fun and he was always saying "Abi çok komik yaaa" to me in Turkish, which means "Brother, it's so funny". Yes, he was like a brother to me. One of those nights that I will always remember was when we were living in Bloomington, Indiana. Neal, Özlem and kids were still living in Turkey, and Neal had a business trip to Kansas, he somehow found a time and came all the way to Indiana just to visit us and brought a bottle of Rakı from Turkey. It was a warm spring day, we had our dinner and had a couple of drinks and went out to patio to smoke. Holding a glass of rakı in his hands, he cheered up and cried "Oh my god, I can't believe that I am drinking rakı with you in the middle of Indiana." I still remember that starry night Neal, and I will always remember you as my true brother. See you some day brother. Çağlayan

I do not know what to say, what to write, words are are not enough ... . Neal, you are a sincere, sensitive, loving friend. You are a true brother to us, a dear uncle to Ada. We will miss you dearly.....Aslı"

andres perez

February 19, 2021

I was so saddened to hear that Neal is no longer with us. Neal was one of my best friends back in 7th and 8th grade at SIS in Korea. Always so much fun to be around, always with a smile and great sense of humor, always there when you were feeling down. I wish I had kept in touch more as you clearly were blessed with a great family and group of friends later in life.

I will miss you my friend...
Andres

Suyong Min

February 19, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the family.

Cecile Padilla

February 18, 2021

My condolences to Neal's family and loved ones. I got to know Neal in high school in South Korea. He was so likeable because of his humor and openness to different kinds of people. He was truly a citizen of the world! I enjoyed talking to him on those long bus rides to and from school and will remember him fondly.

Arkin Demir

February 17, 2021

I met Neal in Cargill late 90 s in the office in Altunizade. First I thought he was there as a temp from an other office something and after talking to him ,I was simply amazed! What a kind ,cheerful ,optimist person ! He could get along with everybdoy after 5 minutes.
I will never forget his smile ! Sleep in peace my friend !

Brad Kincaid

February 17, 2021

I worked with Neal for many years with Cargill. Great personality and a sharp individual! I remember the day a bunch of us went to watch him become a US citizen and what a proud moment. Continued to stay in touch almost daily after he left Cargill. Was so proud of his kids Cem & Naz as he always talked about them at work. Ozlem , Cem & Naz I’m deeply sorry for your loss at such a young age. May the memories keep you strong and will truly be missed!

Pelin & Markus Bieletzki

January 10, 2021

Dear Neal,

Pelin and I can still not believe....you will always stay in our hearts & memories.
You were such a "warm-hearted" person with a huge heart. You always had a laugh on your tongue.
Good memories comes up - celebrating together the win of the german football team at the european tournament back in 1996 in the streets of Istanbul... you took me around in IST with your crazy car-driving-style with a hand-made German flag (thank you Özlem !) ..you brought me to Fenerbahce stadyum....your romantic wedding with Özlem - 2 days before our wedding. We will always remember you, dearest Neal.

You touched lots of hearts in this world including ours.

Özlem, Naz & Cem - our deep condolences from Pelin & Markus

Muzaffer Pilancıoğlu

January 3, 2021

I just saw that you lost your spouse Mrs. Özlem.. I’m so sorry to hear that.. 😞
I met him twice and in my memory’s he been a very good human and great husband to you..❤️ “A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven..”
I am honored and blessed to have known Neal Alexander Worpel.
God rest his soul in peace!”🙏🏻

Meltem Aydın

January 3, 2021

Dear Dear Dear Neal, there are so many memories I do not know how and where to begin??? You were both my “brother” married to my high school mate sister Ozlem and a great work buddy (I will not say colleague because you were much more than that and a real friend!!) in the good old happy days of Cargill past!! ...💜
Then there is our trip to Lisbon via Zurich which almost did not happen because of the snow!!..
I do not what to say??... You were one of the kindest, sweetest and funniest people I have ever met Nealcim and a great Dad!! My heart goes out to dear Ozlem, Naz and Cem who will I am sure always make you proud from where you are watching!! And we will always remember you as a very very precious friend!! Rest in peace my lovely friend!!

FROM THE FAMILY