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Raymond Stapp, 79 - July 19, 2012

Raymond K. Stapp, 79, of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.
Services will be held on Wednesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 24, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Stapp was born Jan. 22, 1933, at Cozad, to Roy and Bessie (Crouse) Stapp, Sr. He was a graduate of Cozad High School.
Following his schooling, Stapp worked as a farmhand for a few years before entering the U.S. Army in 1953. He was stationed in Germany during the service, and following his discharge he returned to Cozad.
Stapp farmed with his brother Kenneth for many years north of Cozad. He was passionate about the farming and ranching lifestyle, and he enjoyed it for over 55 years, retiring in 2005, the family said.
He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved to hunt. He took great pride in the obedience and training of his labrador retrievers that he would always take hunting with him. He also enjoyed time spent around horses and cattle, which was incumbent upon his line of work. Stapp had earned his pilot’s license, and absolutely loved spending time in the air flying small planes, the family said. He was also a member of the Masons.
Stapp was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Kenneth; two sisters—Aileen Wilcox and Violet Power; two sisters-in-law—Cleo and Goldie.
Survivors include: his brother, Roy Stapp, Jr. of Omaha; nieces and nephews—Stacy (Tim) Easterday of Cozad, Linda Toberer of Daphne, AL, Ann Thompson of Mobile, AL, Steven (Kris) Stapp of Omaha, Rebecca (Gary) Kline of Aurora, IL, Rolanda “Lannie” Mees of Powell, WY, Vickie Sanders of Thermopolis, WY, Timothy (Peggy) Power of Cody, WY; and special friend, Marilyn Cheever of Gothenburg.
A memorial has been established in his memory.