William “Bill” D. Sapp
Date of Birth
April 20, 1932
Beatrice, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
April 4, 2019
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Friday, April 12, 2019 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Christ Community Church ~ Omaha, Nebraska
Private Family Interment with Military Honors at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sharing of Memories ~ 7:00 p.m.
Riverview Community Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Gideons International or Good News Prison and Jail Ministries

William “Bill” D. Sapp, 86, of Ashland, NE, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Oxbow Living Center in Ashland, NE.  He was born April 20, 1932 in Beatrice, NE to Hurless and Emily (Hubka) Sapp.  Bill graduated from Diller High School in 1949.  Bill served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged.  On January 24, 1953, Bill was united in marriage to Lucille Johnson in Chappell, NE.  He attended college at Fairbury Community College and the University of Nebraska.

Through the years, Bill taught at Polk Jr. High School, Franklin Jr. High School and worked for Prudential Insurance.  With his three brothers, Bill founded Sapp Bros. Inc. and Sapp Bros. Petroleum, which included Sapp Bros. Ford, Sapp Bros. GMC and the Sapp Bros. Travel Centers.  He was a member of Word of Hope Lutheran Church in Ashland, Gideons International, American Legion #129 and Ashland Men in Mission.  He was a board member of Good News Prison and Jail Ministries.  Bill served as president of Nebraska Petroleum Marketers and was a member of the National Assc. Of Truckstop Operators.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lucille Sapp; daughters, Suzanne (Wayne) Richard of Ashland, Nancy (Dan) Edwards of Gretna, Mary (Kevin) Ziegenbein of Ashland and Cindy (Robert) Rieke of Omaha; grandchildren, Abbi (Ryan) Eccleston, Andy (Julie) Richard, Alison (Brian) Reff, Molly Edwards, Matthew (Brooke) Edwards, Amy (Adam) Anderson, Alex (Ashley) Ziegenbein, Austin (Maribeth) Ziegenbein and Max Rieke; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Zelma Drake; sister-in-law, Rose Sapp; brother-in-law, Glen Barnard; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hurless and Emily (Hubka) Sapp; sisters, Velora Barnard and Irene Brubaker; brothers, Ray Sapp, Dean Sapp and Lee H. Sapp; sisters-in-law, Lenora Sapp, Susie Sapp and Helene Sapp; brothers-in-law, Guy Brubaker and Kenny Drake.

Condolences for William “Bill” D. Sapp
  1. Linda Tucker
    • April 5, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mary & Family
    So Sorry to hear about your dad!
    My prayers are with you all!
    He will be missed…
    Hold all them fun memories tight!
    God is Love!!!!

  2. Tim Frump
    • April 6, 2019 - 1 year ago

    My condolences to Bill’s family. While I never had the honor of meeting Bill, I got to know his heart and his love of God through his daughter Suzi and son-in-law Wayne. Bill donated many bibles to people in Central America and Cambodia (in Spanish and Khmer) so others could know God’s word and experience God’s love. Bill left a positive impact on my life. I’m so thankful God allowed me to see the heart of a true believer and disciple. Rest In Peace true warrior- job well done.

  3. Rhonda Ford
    • April 6, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mary & family so sorry for your loss, thoughts & prayers

  4. Mark Rasmussen
    • April 6, 2019 - 1 year ago

    When I worked at sapps bill would come in all the time always made you feel like family and ask you how you were and felt like you were were talking to a freind not a owner of the company. Thoughts and prayers to the family

  5. Ron and Denise Brown
    • April 6, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Bill played a huge part in our lives. His belief in his people formed our future from a young age. Giving us a shot at management created a lifelong love of the truck stop industry and retail environments which we live to this day. We credit Bill with all the successes we have achieved due to his values which he instilled in us. May the Lord Jesus hold him dearly and tell him “Well done, faithful servant”. You were a man with a heart of gold and will never be forgotten.

  6. Peggy Doering McMeen
    • April 7, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mr. Sapp was my junior high math teacher in Franklin Nebraska in the late ‘50’s. My father , Dr. WA Doering, delivered, Mr. Sapp’s first child while Mr. Sapp was in Franklin. I always thought Mr. Sapp was a very special teacher. He was kind, explained things well and always had a wonderful smile. I am thankful that my life was enriched by him. He will be missed by many.

  7. • April 7, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Bill and Lucille Sapp have been the “perfect couple,” walking through life hand-in-hand with their Savior. Bill was genuine, he was generous, and he was gracious. All who knew him are impoverished today, but heaven is much richer.

  8. Martha Bruckner
    • April 7, 2019 - 1 year ago

    I had two remarkable opportunities to meet Mr. Bill Sapp when I served as superintendent of Council Bluffs Community School District. His generous contribution to our students’ athletic complex was greatly appreciated. Even more appreciated was his willingness to meet with us personally, to listen intently, and to demonstrate how much he cared about our students and our community! God bless him!

  9. Rev. Lance Lindgren
    • April 7, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Karen and I were so sad to hear about Bill’s passing. We extend our most humble condolences to his family, Lucille, et al.
    It was such a joy to be in ministry to and with Bill and Lucille. Bill was the sort of person who always put God first in his life. When I was interviewed to be called to American Lutheran in Ashland, I’ll never forget Bill’s private question of me, asking if I believed in Jesus Christ. I responded, of course and why I went to seminary – to serve our Lord. That was good enough for him. And I knew, if I was called to American, I would have a good lay mentor to look to when I needed guidance from a lay person’s perspective. He was just a godly, God fearing man through and through.
    Our heartfelt condolences to his family, and Bill is now with all the saints in heaven…

  10. Kim Houfek
    • April 7, 2019 - 1 year ago

    I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to the entire Sapp family upon the loss of Bill Sapp. The world has lost a very nice man and devoted husband, Father, Grandpa, Uncle. May the risen Lord send you His peace.

  11. Roger Hansen
    • April 8, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Condolences to the Sapp family. I talked briefly to Bill and Lucille at Synod Assembly in Fremont a few years ago. There are fond memories of get-togethers my family had with your family in Franklin and Ashland.

  12. Molly McClure
    • April 8, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Forever grateful to have had to opportunity to know Bill, his words of wisdom will stick with me for a lifetime. Bill had a heart of gold, and will be missed. My sincere condolences to Lucille and Family, you are all in our prayers.

  13. Tom Taylor
    • April 8, 2019 - 1 year ago

    My deepest condolences to the entire Sapp Family. I knew Bill for many years. He was a great and kind man. He will be missed.

  14. Brenda Biede
    • April 8, 2019 - 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mary Ziegenbein and family you will be in my thoughts and prayers at this hard and troubled time.
    Love Brenda Biede

  15. Helen DeBoer
    • April 9, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. He was a good man. He and my husband, Keith served on the board of YFC for many years. Now they can enjoy the glorious home togetheer.

  16. Richard "Dick" G. Leitschuck
    • April 9, 2019 - 1 year ago

    My condolences to Bill’s family. I remember how positive and optimistic Bill always was.
    Myself, my late wife and a classmate double dated with Bill to a school activity at Lewiston Consolidated High School in the fall of 1947. Great memories.

  17. Vana Rogers
    • April 9, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mary and family:

    Thinking of you and your Family. Hold close all the wonderful memories. Always Always in our hearts. Hugs.

  18. Lorna Reeves
    • April 10, 2019 - 1 year ago

    To the Family of Bill Sapp
    My sincere sympathy to you all upon the loss of Bill. I especially remember Bill for the importance of his faith, his kindness and love for his family. When I would come over to the house, I always felt welcomed into the Sapp family.
    I pray for you all at this time of loss and the comfort of knowing that he is now with his Lord and Savior.

  19. • April 10, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Condolences to Lucille and the entire Sapp family. Bill became a special person in my life after I started my business in one of his buildings in January of 2002. We developed a true friendship and respect for one another throughout the years. Bill and the entire Sapp Brothers Organization has provided me and Road Warriors with amazing support throughout all these years, but especially since my diagnosis of multiple myeloma in July of 2016. I cherish Bill’s, Rose’s and Allen Marsh’s visits to my office over the years and am honored to have Bill as a friend and business associate.

  20. Troy Lindsey
    • April 10, 2019 - 1 year ago

    My deepest condolences to the entire Sapp family. Bill was a very special man that I truly enjoyed getting to know over the years.

  21. Sarah Leatherwood
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mary and family,
    So sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Tim Keigher, NPCA
    • April 12, 2019 - 1 year ago

    To the entire Sapp family, I wish to offer our condolences on the behalf of the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (NPCA), as well as myself.

    Bill was a longtime NPCA member and past president. He truly was a leader in our industry.

    Sorry for your loss,

    Tim Keigher, Executive Director, NPCA.

  23. Roger Meyer, M.D.
    • April 12, 2019 - 1 year ago

    In May of 2006 I was on the “Journey to the Land of the Bible” with Bill and Lucille. Bill would make sure we prayed before every meal. I remember Bill saying he never made a decision without praying about it first. Bill was truly a great example on how to live a Christian life!

  24. Dan Cekander
    • April 15, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Suzi, Wayne and all of your family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your father. May your treasured memories of him bring you great comfort.

    Our deepest sympathies,
    Dan and Margie Cekander

  25. Suzanne Stolz Monroe
    • May 3, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mr. Sapp had a major influence on me…as my math and home room teacher in 8th Grade in Franklin. He inspired me with his ongoing generosity, enthusiasm & encouragement beyond H.S. and college. I always admired his integration of spiritual commitment and love of learning!

    I continued to stay in touch as a young and older adult, on occasion stopping to visit with him at Sapp Bros. near Omaha..always so stimulating & uplifting!

    My deepest sympathy to Lucille, daughters & grandchildren. I know he loved you all very much! He was such a dedicated Christian!

    • April 20, 2020 - 4 months ago

    Bill was a true man of God. I was a young African American student at UNO and had a chance to work at Sapp Brothers as maintenance staff. He use to always encourage me. God called back his help on earth that’s for sure. I pray that the family continue to stay encouraged.

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