Scott J. Kloepping, age 43 of Cozad, died May 25, 2012 at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Services will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Scott was born Jan. 5, 1969 at Cozad to Burrell and Maxine (Stapp) Kloepping. Scott 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, Scott married Lisa Sharrah at Cozad. Scott and Lisa made their home in Cozad together their entire married lives. Scott held a number of different jobs in his life, from helping his dad, Burrell on the farm, to selling cars at Pony Express, 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 Scott 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. He was an avid fisherman, always looking for the next great place where he could catch a walleye or two. Scott even spent a summer working at Sunset Lodge in Pierre, S.D., where he made some lifelong friends out of many of the fishing guides there. In 2005, Scott became a fishing guide himself, and started Scooter’s Guide Service, which was something that he was very proud of.
Scott loved to fish, but 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. Scott 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. Scott 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. Scott also had a soft spot in his heart for cats, especially his two cats, “Sis” and “Bucket.”
Scott was a longtime member of the Cozad Elk’s Lodge No. 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.
Scott 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.
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, Colo.; brother-in-law, Jim (Shannon) Sharrah and their kids, Timothy and Austin, all of Greeley; sister-in-law, Carrie (Tyler) Elting and their kids, Anistyn and Carlyn, of Salina, Kan., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and countless friends.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; father-in-law; uncle, Fred and brother-in-law, Brent.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.