Let the memory of Leonard be with us forever
  • 72 years old
  • Born on October 9, 1944 in Holdrege, Nebraska, United States.
  • Passed away on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Leonard Neil Kaup, 72, born on October 9, 1944 and passed away on March 8, 2017. We will forever love and miss him. Love Louise, Pat, Christy and Bridget.    

Leonard Neil Kaup "Coach Kaup", 72, of Las Vegas NV passed away on Wednesday March 8, 2017, in Las Vegas after a short illness. Neil was born on Oct. 9, 1944, in Holdrege, Neb. He was the fourth of nine children born to L. Burnell and Lois D. (Teaford) Kaup. 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 to 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, 7 wins - 1 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 more than 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 have 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.

He leaves behind his wife, Louise Crosbie (and her children, Rob and Brenda) of Las Vegas; three daughters, Pat Bernstrauch and husband, Rodney of South Sioux City, Crystal Moses and husband, David of Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Bridget Johnson and husband, John of Olympia, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Chance and wife, Samantha, Kyle and wife, Ashley, Seth and Lane Bernstrauch, Matthew and Ashley Moses, Savannah and Hayden Johnson; one great-granddaughter, Peyton Bernstrauch; siblings, Joyce Smith, Lynn Frese, Myrl Rezac, Donn Kaup and wife, Cindy, Rita Rutan, Bruce Kaup and wife, Carla, Julie McDonald and husband, Dick; sister-in-law, Tammy Kaup; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Burnell and Lois Kaup; brother, Gary Kaup; and brothers-in-law, Dean Smith and Harlan Frese.

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.

Celebration of life is scheduled on Thursday, June 15 in Homer, NE where a commemorative bench will be dedicated in his honor. Additional information for the celebration of life will be available in the coming months, when arrangements have been finalized.

Posted by Crystal Moses on March 8, 2019
I sure do miss you dad!
Posted by Crystal Moses on October 9, 2017
Dad, today is your birthday. I am so sad that you are not hear. I think about you every single day, I miss you so much! You were always my superman. You could do anything. I love you Dad and will see you again one day.
Posted by Al Levitt on March 14, 2017
Missed, but not forgotten. Our thoughts are with Louise.
Posted by Helen Canarelli on March 14, 2017
Neill you were a wonderful husband to my friend, and a good friend to me
I will miss you and your big smile and friendship.
You will not be forgotten, rest in peace neil.
Posted by Anne Mulligan on March 13, 2017
Crystal, I understand the hurt you are going through now. Try to find peace in those beautiful pictures, your dad is smiling in each and every one of them. This legacy of him will remind you of how happy he was with those in his life that gave him that smile.
Posted by Ron Kruback on March 13, 2017
I alway looked up to Neil. He was one of the best basketball and football players in Oxford, NE. We are sorry for all family members for your loss.  Ron and Sharon Kruback
Posted by Mick Varwig on March 13, 2017
In the Fall of 1962 I caught my first touchdown pass from Neil and he scored the extra point in a come from behind victory over Elwood 19-18.
Like Neil I and several others played four sports at Oxford High School. Following high school I competed for 24 years in Powerlifting, ran two marathons, raced bicycles, and sport parachuting. That first touchdown is still easily my favorite sorts moment. Neil provided a lot of favorite moments for a lot of people in his life. He is looked upon as possibility the greatest athlete from Oxford and the republican Valley! More importantly he was a wonderful person.
Posted by Karen Sawyer on March 13, 2017
Pat, Crystal and Bridget, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing.  I enjoyed the photos you shared. I remember Neil as he appeared in the Homer Knights yearbooks from 1972-1977 when I taught fourth grade there. He always had a smile and was just a fun person to work with. I remember you too Pat and have a class picture when you were in fourth grade. You have my deepest sympathy and are in my thoughts and prayers   Karen Pecks Sawyer
Posted by Tom Storz on March 13, 2017
I will always remember Neil as an outstanding athlete. I thought he had a darn good sense of humor as well. He was fun to watch.
Posted by Elaine Knuth on March 13, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Neil was a great person.
Posted by Noreen Malchow on March 12, 2017
My sympathy for Neil's family! He had to have been a good man.
Posted by Lana Nitchie on March 12, 2017
Deep sympathy to all the family.  You will be missed by all the classmates of 1963 from Oxford High.
Posted by Tracy Yandell on March 12, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. My sympathy & prayers to Neil Kaup's family. He was principal at Homer for the entire time I went to school there until I graduated in 1980. He was a great principal!  And I do remember his love of sports. My brothers (John & Joel Yandell) thought he was greatest coach.  He was also a great sport. They (& some friends) got into a bit of trouble after dumping water on Neil's (Mr. Kaup to us) head from the roof of the school when he walked out the doors after winning a game or something like that all in fun of course!  He thought it was funny. It's been a great memory & told many times over the years. I hope all the fond memories & great stories of the good person he was will get you all through this difficult time. God bless.  Tracy
Posted by Seth Jameson on March 11, 2017
Thank you Neil for all the support you gave me when I was in high school. I always considered you my uncle. You will be missed. I won't forget the great times at your pool and sitting around hearing all the stories you had to tell. You gave me a great attitude towards life and always want to strive to be strong. Thank you Neil.
Posted by Jan Vandarwarka on March 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Neil was a lot of fun to be around. I enjoyed the time he worked with Mel at Homer School. He will be missed. Jan Waldner Vandarwarka

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