Henry "Hank" Mestayer Schimpeler

July 22, 1927 ~ June 29, 2021 (age 93)


Henry “Hank” Schimpeler passed away on June 29, 2021, in the home he built. He was 93. Hank was born July 22, 1927, in Louisville, KY to Ernest Francis & Carmen Marie (Mestayer) Schimpeler, one of eight children, and named after his paternal grandfather, Henry.

Hank attended St. James, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Xavier HS. Three days after receiving his high school diploma, he signed into the Coast Guard/U.S. Navy (1945-1946).  Eleven months later, at the age of 19, he was discharged when World War II ended.  He returned to Louisville in 1946, and attended University of KY (UK). He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Hank learned practicalities of his trade by working with his dad, also a civil engineer.

In Louisville, KY, he was married September 3, 1949 to Doris Lillian Dilly (almost 54 years), who he met in 8th grade. They moved to Indianapolis, IN in 1957, where Hank worked for C.W. Jackson & Corp. In 1962, they moved to CA (Campbell/Los Gatos) and he worked multiple jobs in his trade. In 1964, while simultaneously working a job in NV, he purchased 160 acres in Watsonville, and built Spring Hills Golf Course, which opened for business in 1965.

Hank enjoyed reading history and real life adventures, playing golf, traveling the world, watching sports (particularly UK basketball), and playing blackjack and dominoes. He had a genuine love and appreciation for God, his family and friends.  He was kind, loving, thoughtful, giving, and considerate to others.  He had a twinkle in his eye, sweet smile, and an infectious laugh.  He lived a full life with many accomplishments.  When he set his mind to something, he did it without delay. Hank stood for everything that makes life great.  He was a self-made man, a doer, an innovator.

Hank is survived by his wife of 12 years, Catherine Moresco Schimpeler,  two daughters and a son-in-law; Ann Marie Schimpeler and Amy Dilly (Jacques Preaseau), a son, Ernest Francis Schimpeler,  two grandchildren; Daniel Wynn and Autumn Norman,  five great grandchildren; Keliah, Eiljah, Isaiah, Savannah and Kyrie, and sister Ruth (Schimpeler) Ryan.

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