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David Vapenik

May 7, 1978 — August 29, 2023

David Vapenik, age 45, of rural Grant, passed away on August 29, 2023, at his home.

David was born on May 7, 1978, in Grant, Nebraska, to Daniel and Patricia (Heine) Vapenik. He graduated from Wheatland High School with the class of 1996 and earned a Business degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2000.

Following graduation, David worked at Target in Lincoln, operating in Human Resources and management. In 2004, he returned to Grant, where he worked at Valley Bank, Adams Bank in Madrid, and later as a financial officer at Farm Credit.

On June 1, 2013, David married Angela Hengelfelt in Golden, CO. Their union was blessed with two sons, Axel and Cruz.

Dave was also a lifelong Yankees fan. His love of baseball was ingrained in him since birth and was a major part of his upbringing. David also loved hunting and the outdoors, especially when he was pheasant hunting with his dogs. He was highly active in the community and had a diversity of friends. Dave wasn't one to sugarcoat things, so people always knew where they stood. He had a great love for working on the family farm and absolutely cherished the time he got to spend there with his boys alongside him.

David was preceded in death by his father, Dan, in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Angela, and their sons, Axel and Cruz of rural Grant; mother, Pat Vapenik of Elsie; brother, Zane Vapenik of Oshkosh; in-laws, Corwin (Nancy) Hengelfelt of Stromsburg, NE; siblings-in-law, Seth and Mandy Hengelfelt and their children Wyatt and Sydney, Leah and Jason Lonsdale and their children Devin, Emmitt, and Maya, Nathan and Kaysha Hengelfelt and their children Tinsley and Kaisyn; along with many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David's memory to benefit his children. Condolences may be shared at Services will be streamed live at

Services will be held on Monday, September 4, 2023, at 10 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Grant, with Pastor Michael Heckmann officiating. Interment will be in the Elsie Cemetery. A reception and celebration of life will be held at the Perkins County Fairgrounds directly after the committal at the cemetery.

Visitation will be on Sunday, from 2 PM to 6 PM, at the Bullock Long Funeral Home in Grant. The family will be receiving friends from 5 PM to 6 PM.

Bullock Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation for David Vapenik

Sunday, September 3, 2023

2:00 - 6:00 pm (Mountain time)

Bullock-Long Funeral Home

409 Warren Avenue, Grant, NE 69140

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Funeral for David Vapenik

Monday, September 4, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Zion Lutheran Church of Grant

705 Central Ave, Grant, NE 69140

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