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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Kevin Gaspers who was born in Nebraska on April 08, 1981 and passed away on April 23, 2007 at the age of 26. We will remember him forever. 


1st Lt. Kevin J. Gaspers


1st Lt. Kevin J. Gaspers was born and raised in Hastings, Nebraska by his parents Pam and John Gaspers.  He grew up with his two younger sisters, Katie and Audrey Gaspers.  He loved working with his father, hunting, fishing, and sports. He was such a great man, such a gentleman.  We are all so lucky to have know such a beautiful person.  He will hold a special part in all of our hearts forever. 

This is a perfect time to reflect on all men and women who serve our Country and have given their lives for us!  Take time out to Thank A Vet and remember they serve every American!




Kevin graduated from St. Cecilia High School in year 2000. He was an honor roll student and an exceptional athlete competing in football and wrestling.  Not to mention, the best life long friend anyone could ever ask for.  He had a great sense of humor and a laugh that was extremely contagious! He was a true friend that would do
anything for anyone.  


He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting as Cadet Battalion Commander in the Army ROTC. 


Kevin was a Scout Platoon Leader with 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg.  He was a great leader, but was one of nine paratroopers that were killed April 23, 2007 in a suicide truck bombing attack on the U.S. patrol base in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. 

1st Lt. Kevin Gasper's Awards
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Combact Action Badge
Parachutist's Badge

Surviors include:
Parents: John & Pam Gaspers
Sisters: Katie & (Ryan) Luther & Audrey & (Nate) Parks
Grandmother: Phyllis Lloyd
Grandfather: Paul Gaspers
Aunt & Spouses: Peggy & Ed Lowe, & sons, Brad & Dan
                                     Julie Trouba & sons, Charlie, Joe &
                                     Tommy
Great Aunt: Dorothy Schumacher



In the gymnasium of St. Cecilia High School (where Kevin graduated) hangs a tribute of him. On the left hangs a plaque entitled "The Armour of God."  On the right is a artifact of an In loving Memory photo of Kevin. 


The framed letter posted under his photo reads:
On March 25th, 2007, Kevin Gaspers arrived from home for leave from Iraq. He was home for two weeks and then left on April 10th back to Iraq. During this time Kevin’s 26th birthday fell on Easter, which was April 8th. On April 14th John and Pam attended B.L.U.E., which is a fund raising event for the Hastings Catholic Schools. During the evening Father Meysenburg asked the people to remember Kevin Gaspers and Zach Cannon, who are St. Cecilia alumni and stationed in Iraq, to pray for them and their safety. The Live Auction contained a plaque entitled “The Armour of God” that had been donated by Sondra Jonson. She is a renowned artist and the plaque illustrates the famous passage from Ephesians. The winning bidder was to donate the plaque back to the Catholic Schools. John and Pam were the highest bidder. Needless to say, they never read the plaque during B.L.U.E. On April 23, 2007, Kevin was killed in As Sadah, Iraq by two suicide dump trucks. Kevin’s troop was heading out on a mission and was attacked by small arms fire and hand grenades from the south of the makeshift base. They went inside the building to regroup and call for more fire power. At the same time, from the north, came the two dump trucks. One truck burst though the concrete barricades and the second one came from behind and pushed the first one closer to the building. The trucks exploded and a section of the 2-story building collapsed on the men killing 9 in all and injuring 20 more. This was the worst tragedy in the 82nd Airborne in 40 years!
When Kevin’s body was flown in we had the plaque waiting at the funeral home for display next to Kevin’s coffin. This was the first time we read the plaque and felt “how fitting it was for a soldier.” It just seemed that this plaque was meant for us. Several weeks later we received Kevin’s personal items from Iraq. In one of the footlockers was his Army Issued Pocket Bible, which had been on him at the time of his death. As Pam was going through the pages of the Bible, she came across “The Armour of God” passage and Kevin had circled it. We felt this was more than a coincidence. Kevin never knew we bought that plaque as we had not been able to communicate with him since his arrival back in Iraq due to excessive fighting in the area and all communications had been cut off.
To us this is a sign from God that he is taking care of Kevin and his men!

God Bless 

Tribute of those who served in the cemetery of
Hastings, Nebraska


Here lies our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend...Our Hero. 



 

"Gone from our sight,
  but never our hearts" 
                         -Unknown

 

Dear family, friends, and visitors, 

The family of Kevin want to personally thank each and everyone of you for the beautiful comments thathave been posted.  The purpose of this website is to show the world how special Kevin is and how many different lives he has touched.

  Please continue to share your tributes and candles to Kevin, so everyone can continue to see the amazing person that he will be remembered for. 
 

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Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Award winners for 2017   / Pam Gaspers (mother)
Dear Mrs. Smith and everyone who ready this: Thank you for your kind words and for giving us an insight into your son's life. He does sound like Kevin and just like your family; we are not a military family either. It has been several generation...  Continue >>
Thank you   / Kelly Smith
Hello, Gaspers Family. I am Keegan Smith's mom, Kelly. (I graduated from UNL in 1991 with an Elementary and Early Childhood degree and was born and raised in Madison, NE!) Keegan was the 2017 recipient of Kevin's UNL ROTC memorial award yesterday. ...  Continue >>
ROTC Awards   / Pam Gaspers (Mother)
John and I had the pleasure of presenting Kevin's award at UNL ROTC awards yesterday. The Cadet was Keegan Smith, a very nice young man. He is from Minnesota but we found out that his parents are from NE and lived around Madison. Go Big Red!
Awards for 2016   / Pam Gaspers (Mother)
We were in Lincoln, NE at the UNL ROTC Award Ceremony and presented Kevin's award to Cadet Joseph Gilliam! What a fine young man and it was very nice to meet him and talk to him. The 1LT., Kevin Gaspers Memorial Scholarship awards for the year 2016...  Continue >>
Awards  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)
Today has been very busy. both only is it the 8th year of Kevin's death but we have all the scholarship names and the ROTC award winner. Here they are: From St., Cecilia High School. Josie Prevette From Hastings High School Laura McCarthy ...  Continue >>
ROTC awards  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)    Read >>
2014 Scholarship winners  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)    Read >>
2013 Scholarship Winners  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)    Read >>
~ REMEMBERING KEVIN & HIS MOM TODAY ~  / Garnet/Sister To Sgt David Dickinson     Read >>
ROTC Award 2012  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)    Read >>
2012Kevin Gaspers Memorial Scholarship Awards  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)    Read >>
Love Always  / Mom     Read >>
God Bless you and your Family (from Canada)  / Dan Gallant (None)    Read >>
~ A Card From Heaven ~  / Garnet/Sister Of Sgt. David Dickinson     Read >>
Veteran's Day  / Pam Gaspers (Mother)    Read >>
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