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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Coy Lane Hepper
September 1, 2006 - June 4, 2021

Place of Birth: Bismarck, ND
Residence: Keene, ND
Age: 14

On June 4, 2021, God Called Coy Lane Hepper home to His arena. Coy was born on September 1, 2006 in Bismarck, ND, 20 seconds before his twin sister, Kari. Son of Jeff and Eva; brother to Jade, Abby and Kari; Grandson of Adolph and Lavern Hepper, Gertie Joens and Fred and Jackie Joens. Coy lived on the Hepper Family Ranch in Keene, ND, helping raise cattle and performance horses.

Small but mighty, Coy learned from a competitive and accomplished family of athletes. Coy was a standout in multiple sports and rodeo events, learning his dad’s motto quickly, “there’s no cryin if no bones are sticking out.” Sitting horseback by the time he could walk, Coy tried every event in rodeo. He got his start in the big arena in 2017, just 10 years old, when uncle Tom Hepper dropped off bucking ponies at the ranch. In classic Coy style, he put on his bareback riggin and rode buckin ponies at the Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot, the PRCA rodeo in Bismarck, and at the “Daddy of ‘em all,” Cheyenne Frontier Days. The limelight of the big rodeos propelled Coy to three qualifications for the Junior NFR in Las Vegas where he made ND and SD proud with his gritty style and no-quit attitude. As a member of the NDJHRD, Coy competed in every event offered at least once, and on both sides of the arena, including all three roughstock events – bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc. In the 2020-21 season, Coy’s 8th grade year, he settled into bull riding, bareback, chute dogging, team roping, breakaway roping, and rifle shooting chasing the All Around title. When the dust settled, Coy was crowned the State Champion in Bullriding and Bareback. On his way to those titles, Coy covered every bull and bareback steer over the entire season. The accomplishment wasn’t lost on Coy, known for his one-liners, when he remarked on the ride home, “I kinda ‘Jim Sharped’ em didn’t I?” Dad, Jeff replied “You’re <&@#$%^&* Right!” Mighty Coy had big plans to cover every animal under him at the Junior High National Finals in Des Moines, IA, where he was set to compete with his friends and sister, Kari, in June.

The Heppers are a competitive, determined crew, pushing each other to always challenge yourself. Big brother Jade was a standout High School wrestler, older sister Abby an accomplished all-around rodeo athlete and barrel racing star, qualifying for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming this year. Twin sister, Kari, competed alongside Coy in rodeo events across the state, also qualifying for the Junior High National Finals in Pole Bending and Goat Tying on the way to winning the North Dakota Girls All Around title.

Not to be outdone by his brother Jade, Coy was a rising star in ND wrestling. Often competing above his own weight class, Coy was determined to learn the lessons he needed to improve. Coy had multiple undefeated seasons under his belt and won championships at every level, including Junior High State Champ, USA Wrestling State Champ in folkstyle and freestyle. One of his proudest wins was his championship at the competitive Montana Open. Coy cracked the varsity lineup at Watford City High School a time or two, wrestling at 106 pounds, while weighing a whopping 86 pounds – after a gallon of Gatorade. To understand Coy’s competitiveness, you need only listen to his Mom, Eva, who recalls Coy heading to the showers with a second place trophy, then emerging from the locker room empty handed. Eva asked where the trophy was. Coy had thrown it in the trash. Coy’s bedroom at the ranch is crowded with trophies, medals and buckles from his countless achievements. If you care to see his runner up hardware, you’ll have to dig, or look in the dumpster.

Claiming to be all of five foot tall (with his best boots on), Coy also found a spot on the basketball team. Being a head shorter than his opponents didn’t matter to Coy. He just mastered the three-point line, finding a way to keep pushing his limits.

Coy’s big extended family stretches beyond most folks’ imaginations. It’s that family that taught him the value of friendship and showing up for those around you. As fiercely competitive as Coy was, he valued his friends’ and family’s success as much as his own. And it showed in Coy’s never ending smile and famous one-liners.

Coy is preceded in death by beloved family members: grandpa Adolph Hepper; grandma Gertie Joens: aunt Carol Hepper; uncle Allen Maier; cousin Casey Hepper and special friends ‘grandpa’ Ray Gilstad, and Levi Wisness.

Coy is survived by a large and close family: parents Jeff and Eva; brother, Jade; sisters Abby and Kari; grandparents Lavern Hepper; Fred & Jackie Joens; uncles and aunts: Terry Hepper; Laury Sejen; Butch and Sandy Hepper; Curt and Marcie Hepper; Gail and Jeff Bonn; Monty and Tammy Hepper; Tom and Nancy Hepper; Earl and Alice Maier; Dale and Dency Maier; Lila and Cody Briggs; Adam Joens; Casey Joens; and numerous cousins, including Coy’s Godparents, Trudy and Ryan Riehl. Coy is also survived by special ‘grandma’ Linda Gilstad and the world of friends gained in the NDHSRA, NDJHRD, RRA, WCHS and countless other places.

Pallbearers are Ty Breuer, Lance Gerhardt, Paul Weinberger, Jarvis Sorenson, Jon Matson, Clay Bohmbach, Russ Kling, and Chas Ophus. Honorary pallbearers are all of Coy’s cousins, rodeo stock contractors, bullfighters, coaches, classmates and friends. Ushers are Morgan Wagoner, Trevor Kronberg, Andy Wagoner, Stacey Boeckelman, Chase Wisness, Craig Maley, Chad Rotenberger, Jamie Neether, Jerome Huchison, Rick Jore, Jed Bohmbach, Marty Hildre, Trae Kautzman, and Beau Wisness. Thank you to Nathan Brenna for help with this obituary, and to Gene Veeder & Kelly Hanna for special music. Coy will be interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Mobridge, SD beside his partner, Grandpa Adolph Hepper, on Thursday, June 10 at 1:00 pm, with lunch to follow at Rick’s Café, Main St., Mobridge, SD.

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Jeff & Ann Johnsrud (Watford City, ND)
Jun 6, 2021
Hepper family, We are so very sorry for your loss. There are no words for the sadness we feel for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord grant you peace.
Holly & Ed Nelson
Jun 6, 2021
Deepest condolences from parents who lost at a child at the same age. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Ed & Holly Nelson
Ken & Deb Gerhardt (River Falls, Wisconsin )
Jun 6, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to family and friends
Ray & Diann Unterseher (Watford City, North Dakota)
Jun 6, 2021
With Great sadness we have learned of Coy’s death! Please know we are sincerely praying for his family. May the Lord hold you close and know that God’s love is forever close to you! Heaven Is Sounding Sweeter All The time! I pray that You understand God’s will in all our life’s.
Ross, Michelle, Chris Coty Schoenwald (Watford City, ND)
Jun 6, 2021
May God surround you all provide comfort. Coy has touched May lives, he is an inspiration to us all.
Marco & Alissa Pelton
Jun 6, 2021
Jeff & Eva,

Coy was an amazing young man. Our hearts ache along with yours and we will be thinking and praying for you and your family.

God Bless
Debbie Jo and Jim Ross (Rapid City , SD)
Jun 6, 2021
Dear Jeff, Eva, Jade, Abby & Kari, our hearts are so very heavy for you. God truly takes the best. For such a young cowboy, Coy lived his life to the fullest! Lean on all the wonderful memories. What joy to hear the stories being told of Coy right now. Oh to be a "fly on the wall" in heaven right now... Never thought heaven could get any better, but I believe it just did.
We love you so very much. So sorry we can not be there with you, but you are in our hearts and prayers.
Love you. Deb Jo & Jim
Carmen Fried (Grand Forks, ND)
Jun 6, 2021
Jeff & Family, I'm praying for your family and friends. Your son sounds like such an awesome young man. By God's promise, know you will one day be reunited.
Mike and Marlene Kurle (Rapidcity , South Dakota)
Jun 6, 2021
Sincere sympathy to Jeff, Iva and their family's.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rest in peace Coy! You will be the angle on their shoulders.
Marcella R Marcellais (Mandan, ND)
Jun 7, 2021
Eva, Jeff & Family,
Sending my deepest condolences and prayers as you grieve the loss of your precious son, Coy. May all your cherished memories sustain you during this sorrowful time. May Coy rest in peace.
Alysia Steele and Steele wrestling families (Beach, ND)
Jun 7, 2021
Heaven gained a great little guy, we are so saddened by this, our hearts pour out to you. He was a great kid, we always enjoyed seeing him at wrestling events. Many prayers to you all
Mike and Lisa Severson (Mandan, NOrth Dakota)
Jun 7, 2021
Hepper Family ~ Our hearts ache for this pain. praying for all as you move forward in life holding Coy's memories and love.
Rob & Babe Olson (Mesquite, N.V.)
Jun 7, 2021
To the Hepper family..Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. God is with all of you!!
Sandra Luther (Watford City, ND)
Jun 7, 2021
Hepper Family and Friends,
I am so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful young man! I will forever remember Coy’s smile as he strolled the hallways as a third grader. I feel very lucky to have been able to get to know Kari and Coy that year. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Look to the stars; the twinkling just might be Coy smiling down with that wonderful smile of his, letting you know he is ok.
Kory & Sadie Kirschenmann (Blunt, SD)
Jun 7, 2021
Jeff,Eva and family,sorry to hear of Coy passing,your in our thoughts and prayers.May the good Lord hold you in the palm of his hand and heal your heavy hearts.Friday I will wear purple in memory of your son.God bless you all.
Joe and Tammie Peltier (Dunseith, North Dakota)
Jun 7, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jeff & Brenda Berquist (Watford City, ND)
Jun 7, 2021
We pray everyday and will continue to pray forever for your family. We believe that God will walk beside you during this tragedy, but also lead you to peace...someday. The stories, the photos...even though Coy left us WAY TOO SOON, God chose the best parents and family for him.
Jerry &Bev Kramer (6550 Astoria Ct. Summerset , SD)
Jun 7, 2021
Eva,Jeff,jade,Abby and Kira. We are so sorry to hear about Coy our deepest heartfelt sympathies. Our prayers for you are that the good Lord will be with you during this trying time we know you have many memories of Coy let them guide you during this time of sadness. Have hope in tomorrow have faith in the everlasting and take comfort in the love of friends and family . Love you guys. Jerry and Bev
Kristy and Jimmy Pittsley (Watford City, North Dakota )
Jun 7, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to all the Hepper Family.
May God be by your side. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jim and Kristy Pittsley
Renee O'Dea (Rapid City, South Dakota)
Jun 7, 2021
I am Kelli Breuer's Aunt. I just wanted to express my deepest condolences to your family. Nothing can ever really be said to ease the pain and suffering of losing a child, but I pray that time will heal your pain. May God bless all of you!
Judy Mayotte (COEUR D ALENE, ID)
Jun 7, 2021
My heart breaks in agony reading of the loss of your young cowboy on FB. His obituary reads of someone in their 40s. Your son has accomplished so very much in his short life of which you should be extremely proud. I lost my 31 year old only daughter to cervical cancer; and my 18 year old PRCA grandson in a single car accident on his way from college to Des Moines to ride in his very first PRCA extreme broncs and Bulls. He never made it. He hit black ice while talking to me on the phone. I know the suffering you are enduring and I couldn't be any more sad for you. I'm pretty convinced God takes the best for a reason.
I see your sweet boy is being laid to rest in Mobridge. I was born and raised in Mobridge. My parents once owned the Silver Grill Cafe many many years ago. My family are the Schillings/Amanda. You are in my prayers. I pray that God grants you some peace that your hearts can accept. Sending hugs across the miles.
Cecilia Dostal (Fort Benton, Montana)
Jun 7, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your entire family.
Margaret Renbarger
Jun 8, 2021
To Coy's Family, Hugs, thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Mike Booke (Dickinson, ND)
Jun 8, 2021
Eva and Jeff and family . So sorry to hear of your loss .God must have plans for your little man that at times we don’t understand .May your family remain strong through this tough time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
MATPAC Wrestling Club (Bismarck, ND)
Jun 8, 2021
We're so sorry to hear of your loss, Please know your wrestling family is thinking of you and praying for you.

MATPAC Wrestling Club
Matthew & Jayme (Johnson) Heier (Ray , ND)
Jun 8, 2021
Hepper Family,

We are thinking of you and praying for you in this time of grief. Please know the Lord has his arms wrapping you with is grace and mending your broken hearts. We love you and will always keep you close to our hearts.

Love the Heier's
gail bickel (vermillion, south dakota)
Jun 8, 2021
thinking of grandma luverne at this time of sadness so soon after Carol. Life is so hard to be human...heaven has many with open arms
Bobbi Jo Lonski (Sidney, MT)
Jun 8, 2021
Hepper family and friends of Coy,
Our hearts are shattered by the news of the loss of your Coy. He was such a bright ray of sunshine to all who came to know him. May the memories of his life live on in your hearts and God grant his peace and comfort to you all.
Brett & Amanda Wisness (Watford City, ND)
Jun 8, 2021
Hepper Family,
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. May God comfort you and give you peace as only He can do. We will continue to lift you up in prayer now and in the days ahead.
Gene and cheryl Lund (Mandan, ND)
Jun 8, 2021
Jeff and Eva and the whole Hepper family please accept our condolences as we try and even imagine your grief and understand how these things are part of god's overall plans for us. One can't help but think God needed Coy and has bigger plans ahead for him
Cheryl Shupick Ferguson (Canby, Minnesota)
Jun 8, 2021
So very sorry to hear about Coy. May great memories sustain you.
Sara Smith (Watford City, ND)
Jun 8, 2021
Coy was an amazing young man. I loved having him in class. He could brighten your day with his smile and quick wit. He will be deeply missed.
Larry Jones (Keene )
Jun 8, 2021
I really never had a chance to get to know Coy, but I followed all the young cowboys. Always lifted my spirits seeing how well he was competing. My sincere condolences. This young man has really left his mark on the cowboy community.
Colleen Funk (Hebron, North Dakota)
Jun 9, 2021
My thoughts ad prayers are with all of the Hepper family at this sad time. Your son, Coy, was loved by so many and someday you will meet again. Sending all of you hugs.
Robin Durbin (Arnegard, ND)
Jun 9, 2021
Hepper Family,
Sending enormous amounts of love to you. Coy has and always will have a huge piece of my heart. He made my first year of teaching one of the best. Coy was an amazing kid. He will always be remembered in my classroom. Sending hugs from afar.
Much love,
Ms. Durbin
Robert H Gayton (BISMARCK, ND)
Jun 9, 2021
Hepper Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
Cory and Karyn Meyer (Stanley, ND)
Jun 9, 2021
Jeff and Eva, Jade, Abby and Kari- Our hearts are broken for the loss of your dear Coy! He left such an amazing impact on all those around him and was such a great person and had accomplished so much! We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!! God Bless!!
Robert H Gayton (BISMARCK, ND)
Jun 9, 2021
Hepper Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
Samuel and Rhonda Valdivia (Sallisaw, Oklahoma)
Jun 9, 2021
Family are in our hearts and prayers.
Erica Johnsrud & Chas Neff (Watford City, ND)
Jun 9, 2021
Hepper Family,
There are no words to express our sorrow for your family on the loss of Coy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you and may memories of happy times help you through this difficult time.
Travis & Steph Scofield
Jun 9, 2021
Hepper Family, We are so very sorry for your loss, Coy was such a wonderful kid! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Breanna Griffith (Ogard) (Seattle, Washington)
Jun 9, 2021
Hepper Family, we are thinking of you and sending love, prayers, and strength.
Breanna and Family
Julie Prause (Washington)
Jun 9, 2021
So sorry for the loss of this young man.
Renae and Robby Lindley and family (Watford City, North Dakota)
Jun 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Laura Baldillez (Arlington, TX)
Jun 9, 2021
I have just watched you all celebrate your precious little Coy and sat amazed at the overwhelming love and support you have around you. I know nothing can take your hurt and heartbreak but I was thanking God that He provided so many loving arms to hold you all through this and no doubt going forward. Thank you for sharing the service so we could witness the joy and light that Coy gave so so many. It was truly unforgettable. Sending Love from Texas and prayers will continue.

Jessie Prause (Lakewood, Washington)
Jun 9, 2021
Knew him all through elementary, it really hurts to hear that he's gone, sending love to the Hepper family. He will be missed.
Bryan Mardian (Piedmont, SD)
Jun 10, 2021
My sincere condolences to your family. It appears that Coy was a special young man and excelled at everything he did. Keep the special memories close to your heart.
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