Scott Kloepping, 43 - May 25, 2012
Scott Kloepping, age 43 of Cozad passed away May 25, 2012, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Visitation will be on Thursday, from 1 to 8 p.m., at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with the Rev. Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.
Kloepping was born Jan. 5, 1969, at Cozad, to Burrell and Maxine (Stapp) Kloepping. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1987. He went on to attend college in Milford, where he attended a degree in diesel mechanics.
On Feb. 22, 1997, Kloepping married Lisa Sharrah at Cozad. The couple made their home in Cozad together their entire married lives.
Kloepping held a number of different jobs in his life: helping his dad, Burrell, on the farm, selling cars at Pony Express Chevrolet, hauling cattle for Bud Small Trucking, working at the Cozad Country Club, helping various farmers around the area; and even working for the City of Cozad. Most recently, Scott was trucking and working for the city.
He also enjoyed farming a small piece of ground west of Willow Island. Everything he did, he excelled at, but he always considered his work to be a “means to an end”; and for Scott, that “end” was usually fishing, family members said. He was an avid fisherman, always looking for the next great place where he could catch a walleye or two.
Kloepping even spent a summer working at Sunset Lodge in Pierre, SD, where he made some lifelong friends out of many of the fishing guides there. In 2005, he became a fishing guide himself, and started Scooter’s Guide Service; which was something that he was very proud of, the family said.
While he loved to fish, he loved his family more. His family always meant the world to him, and he had a special way of always keeping them involved in his daily routine, from phone calls to visits. He always had time for the ones he loved.
When he wasn’t with his family or fishing, he could often be found hunting, trapping or doing something outdoors. In recent years, he even came to enjoy camping, which was something he never really liked the idea of. He also loved riding his Harley motorcycle.
Kloepping was a perfectionist in many ways; from the way he kept his trucks, boats and belongings, to the way he would always read, saved and adhered to the manual for everything he ever owned. He was an avid reader, loved airplanes and steam engines, and was a phenomenal mechanic, the family said. He was very mechanically inclined; he could fix nearly anything, and always held a fascination for how things worked.
He was forever helping friends fix things, from tractors, boats, vehicles, campers and about anything else one might imagine. He also had a soft spot in his heart for cats, especially his two cats, “Sis” and “Bucket.”
Kloepping was a longtime member of the Cozad Elk’s Lodge #2250, where he was active for many years as an officer and was a past exalted ruler. He was also a member of the Masons.
He was a great deal of things, to many people; but a more faithful and steady husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, you would be hard pressed to find, the family said.
Kloepping was preceded in death by: his parents; grandparents; father-in-law; uncle, Fred; and brother-in-law, Brent.
Survivors include: his wife, Lisa of Cozad; sister, Keri Rodine and her children, Hanna and Caleb of Cozad; mother-in-law, Bobbie Cook of Greeley, CO; brother-in-law, Jim (Shannon) Sharrah and their kids, Timothy and Austin, all of Greeley, CO; sister-in-law, Carrie (Tyler) Elting and their kids, Anistyn and Carlyn, of Salina, KS; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and countless friends.
A memorial has been established in his memory.