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LEONARD KAUP Leonard Neil Kaup "Coach Kaup," 72, of Las Vegas, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Las Vegas, after a short illness. Neil was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Holdrege, Neb. He was the fourth of nine children born to L. Burnell and Lois D. Kaup (Teaford). Neil graduated from Oxford High School in 1963. Throughout high school, Neil worked at the Ford garage and the family owned Kaup Gas Station. He participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Neil received a bachelor of arts in education from Kearney State College in 1967. Neil played football all four years in college, the first two years he was a quarterback breaking a record for passing and his last two years he earned All-American status as a safety. He received his masters of science in education from Wayne State College in 1977. Neil worked at Homer Community School from 1968-1982 as a teacher, head football coach and principal. He was a man of excellent character and dedicated to his coaching. His 1970 team was the conference champion and the 1975 team was undefeated in regular season play. It is ironic that Neil's first and last year of coaching football had the same record, seven wins-one loss. Much like Neil lived, he finished strong just as he started. Neil was also an avid lifelong Cornhusker football fan and was a squad leader and secretary for the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. In 1982, Neil moved to Las Vegas, where he was employed in the gaming business at Circus Circus and MGM for over 14 years. He worked as a Poker dealer, floor supervisor and a shift supervisor. Since retirement, Neil enjoyed multiple cruises and traveling with his wife, Louise, in their RV. They traveled to 49 out of the 50 states, visiting numerous family and friends. Neil had a passion for all things football. He also loved playing golf with his buddies, playing poker and loved "March Madness" for basketball. Neil and Louise enjoyed attending Central Christian Church and participated in country western dancing. Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Burnell and Lois Kaup; brother, Gary Kaup; and brothers-in-law, Dean Smith and Harlan Frese. He leaves behind his wife, Louise Crosbie, and her children, Rob and Brenda, all of Las Vegas; three daughters, Pat Bernstrauch and her husband, Rodney, of South Sioux City, Neb., Crystal Moses and her husband, David of Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Bridget Johnson and her husband, John of Olympia, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Chance and his wife, Samantha, Kyle and his wife, Ashley, Seth and Lane Bernstrauch, Matthew and Ashley Moses, and Savannah and Hayden Johnson; one great-granddaughter, Peyton Bernstrauch; siblings, Joyce Smith, Lynn Frese, Myrl Rezac, Donn Kaup and his wife, Cindy, Rita Rutan, Bruce Kaup and his wife, Carla, and Julie McDonald and her husband, Dick; sister-in-law, Tammy Kaup; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Celebration of life will be Thursday, June 15, in Homer, Neb., where a commemorative bench will be dedicated in his honor. Condolences can be left at http://leonard-neil-kaup.forevermissed.com Additional information for the celebration of life will be available in the coming months, when arrangements have been finalized. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leonard Neil Kaup Memorial Fund with Siouxland Federal Credit Union, 3000 Plaza Drive, South Sioux City, NE 68776, (402) 494-2073.
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