Obituary Record

Harold Dean Sapp
Died on 11/2/2003
Buried in Blair Cemetery

#1 Printed in the November 5, 2003 Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska

H. Dean Sapp

H. Dean Sapp, 73, of Omaha, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, in Omaha. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millard, with interment in the Blair Cemetery. A brunch will be held at Oak Hills Country Club following the cemetery services in Blair. Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuary in Omaha, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

H. Dean Sapp was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Lewiston and grew up on a farm. He was a mechanic in the Air Force from 1951 to 1954. He lived in Blair from 1963 until 1976 and operated Sapp Brothers Ford Center in Blair until he relocated his business to Omaha in 1976. Along with his three brothers, he started Sapp Brothers Truck Plaza in 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Rose; seven children, Claudia, Chris, Sherilyn, Debra, Steven, Audrey and Kari; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; siblings, Irene, Veloura, Zelma, Lee and Bill.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Suzie; son, Daniel; brother, Ray; and a grandson, Jason.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home in Blair is in charge of arrangements.

Note: he was a veteran, with flags in both the PT and the OWH

Note: the publication date of the Pilot-Tribune paper (is already online) is November 4, 2003. #2 2nd obituary, printed in the Nov. 3, 2003 World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska

SAPP—H. Dean, age 73 yrs. Survived by wife, Rose; 7 children, Claudia, Chris, Sherilyn, Debra, Steven, Audrey, Karl; 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Irene, Veloura, Velma, Lee, Bill. Preceded in death by first wife, Suzie; son, Daniel; brother, Ray; grandson, Jason.

VIEWING Tues, 1-8 pm, Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler. Funeral Home, 78th and West Center, Omaha, with family present from 6-8 pm. FUNERAL SERVICES Wed. 10 am, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Millard, NE. Interment Blair Cemetery. Brunch will be held at Oak Hills Country Club, after interment. Family requests memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home, Blair, NE

#3 obituary, printed in the Wed. Nov. 5, 2003 World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, written by Rick Ruggles, World-Herald staff writer.

Dean Sapp’s passion was his businesses

H. Dean Sapp’s passion, his daughter says, was his work.

Sapp, of the Sapp Bros. business empire, focused primarily on auto and truck sales. The enterprises have also included truck stops, petroleum sales, banking and insurance companies.

He died of cancer and kidney failure Sunday at the Nebraska Medical Center. He was 73.

The funeral service was held Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 13271 Millard Ave.

“He always said he was going to slow down, but we never saw any evidence of that,” said daughter Audrey Koocher of White Plains, N.Y.

Dean Sapp and his three brothers were shaped in part by the Depression, during which their father lost his cattle operation near Beatrice, Neb.

Brother Bill Sapp of Ashland, Neb., said they learned to work together and work hard during that period. “Dean was always the hardest worker,” he said.

Dean Sapp graduated from Lewiston (Neb ) High School in 1947. He was in the Air Force in the early 1950s, heading a crew that worked on jet engines.

Jim Peery, a friend and business associate of Dean Sapp’s, said that after the Sapp brothers had built up their businesses, Dean helped other people start or continue enterprises.

He furnished them vehicles or loaned them money, said Peery, a retired Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. executive.

Peery also remembered Dean Sapp as an extremely competitive man. He competed vigorously at cards, and, on a cruise they took together, saw to it that he got up earlier than Peery to get his daily walk in first.

As an auto dealer, Peery said, “he was one of the best around—and very honest and forthright.”

Other survivors include Sapp’s wife, Rose, of Omaha; daughters Claudia Stewart of Garden City, Kan., Sherilyn Brandon of Kona, Hawaii, Debra Sapp of Mount Shasta, Calif., Kari Markesi of Omaha and Audrey Koocher; sons Chris Klotz of Omaha and Steven Klotz of Elkhorn, Neb.; sisters Irene Bruebaker, Veloura Barnard and Zelma Drake, all of Beatrice; and brothers Lee Sapp of Omaha and Bill Sapp.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Suzie, son Daniel and brother Ray.

#4 Funeral Leaflet

In Loving Memory of H. Dean Sapp

Born August 30, 1930 Lewiston, Nebraska ~ Died November 2, 2003 Omaha, Nebraska

Funeral Service 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 5, 2003 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Millard, Nebraska. Officiating: Rev. Bob Albers. Liturgist: Rev. Glen Thomas. Eulogist: Rev. David Folkert. Organist: Clare Duschong. Soloist: Rev. David Folkert. Musical Selection: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. Congregational Hymns: “Abide With Me” #272, “The King Of Love My Shepherd Is” #456, “Children of the Heavenly Father” #474

Casket Bearers: Herb Fuhrman, Hugh Hunt, Louie Riha, Duane Hoag, Richard Hunt, Dave Struby, Bob Woodhouse, Rich Johanck, Tom Joyce, George Tyson

Honorary Casket Bearers: Don Conrad, Jack Jensen, Tom Hastings, Mike Kahnk, Don Rasmussen, Oz Webster

Graveside Services: Blair Cemetery, Blair, Nebraska

~~~Obituaries and funeral leaflet courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings and leaflets on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska~~~

FindaGrave Memorial: 8061431

Printed in the Omaha World Herald on 11/5/2003