Former Cozad Resident: Lawrence T. Kapustka, age 72 (1941-2014)

Lawrence Thomas Kapustka, 72, of Grand Island, formerly of Cozad, Nebraska and Grand Junction Colorado, died unexpectedly, Thursday March 27th, 2014, in Grand Island.

Lawrence, (Larry) was born October 6th, 1941, in Ewing, Nebraska, the son of Raymond and Mary (Leahy) Kapustka. Larry attended school in North Loop, Broken Bow and graduated from Ord High School in 1959.

Upon graduation, he served in the Air Force and later returned to Cozad. He met and married Leslie (Hanson) at Cozad, on September

25th, 1961. He was employed by Monroe Auto Company for 15 years and later went to Sperry New Holland in Lexington where he worked until its closing in 1986. He accepted a job at Sunstrand Corporation, in Grand Junction, Colorado, as a maintenance electrician up until his retirement. In October, 2005, he and his wife moved to Grand Island to be close to family.

Survivors include his wife Leslie, two daughters Deborah (Mike) Monson of Wood River, Nebraska, Lynn (Steve) Wiese of Wilbur, Nebraska and one son, David Kapustka of Lincoln, Nebraska, two grandchildren Bailey and Shannon Manhart, three step­grandchildren Melinda (Brad) Hecker, Andrew (Heather) Monson, Jared Monson, and four step-­grandchildren, Avery, Adriana, Konner and Madsen. Others left to cherish his memory are his brother Robert (Joan) Kapustka, sister Patricia (Randy) Dishman, sister-­in-­law Mardy (Dave) Schley and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Mary and a brother, Jerome.

He had many interests and talents. He had a great appreciation for nature and all its beauty. Larry liked to fish, hunt for arrowheads, garden and feed the squirrels. He was a talented craftsman and marksman. He could fix or make anything out of wood or metal. Larry loved his family dearly and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31st, 2014 at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island with the Rev. Michael McDermott officiating. Inurnment of the ashes will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to the family to be designated at a later date. Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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