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Donald Kopetzky

Donald George Kopetzky , age 64 of Lodgepole, NE passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 20th in The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Sidney with Bishop Keith Grunig officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday from 1-7:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family for future designation. You may view Don’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Don’s care and funeral arrangements.

Donald G. Kopetzky was born on October 18, 1953 in Ransom, KS to Edward and Shirley (Siders) Kopetzky. He and his brother Mike grew up on a small farm outside of Scottsbluff, NE. He attended Sunflower Public School where he participated in football, basketball and track, graduating in 1972. He moved to Sidney and in 1975 met the love of his life, Diana Lynn Sick. They moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 1976 and on May 14, 1977 they were united in marriage. They then made their home in West Jordan, UT. While there, they welcomed five children, Amber, Ian, Nathan, Nicole, and Kelley. Don and Diana lived in Utah for 21 years. In June of 1998, they moved their family to Lodgepole, NE.

Don enjoyed many things in life. He was an active member of the LDS Church and served in a variety of callings. In his younger years, he was an avid weight trainer and power lifter. He loved spending time with his family. He took pleasure in boating, fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, woodworking, gardening, yardwork, working on vehicles and playing with his tractors. He was a very hard worker his entire life and always put his family first. He had an amazing sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He made friends everywhere he went and will be greatly missed by many. He returned home peacefully to his Heavenly Father on April 12, 2018.

Don is survived by his wife Diana Kopetzky of Lodgepole, NE; daughter Amber and husband Landon Luthi of Laramie, WY; son Ian and wife Laraine Kopetzky of Burns, WY; son Nathan and wife Nicole Kopetzky of Pine Bluffs, WY; daughter Nicole and husband Dan Crockett of Bennington, ID; daughter Kelley and husband Mike Welsch of Rock Hill, SC; sister-in-law Sheri Kopetzky of Sidney, NE; 10 grandchildren: Lilly, Brian, Maddi, Brooklyn, Jaxon, Beau, Khloe, Hailey, Bentley, and Paige, with grandchild number eleven, Ethan, expected to arrive in May.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Shirley Kopetzky and his older brother Mike Kopetzky.

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