A 48-year-old man who was killed in a construction accident last week was set to return home to see his family in Minnesota after two months on the road working.
Eric Koepp, of Litchfield, Minnesota, died July 3 after being struck by a skid steer at a construction site near the City of Elwood in central Nebraska. The Gosper County Sheriff's Office said Koepp was pronounced dead at the scene after being pinned between a skid steer and another piece of equipment.
His tragic death happened the same day he would've returned to Litchfield in time to celebrate the Fourth of July with his wife and two children, according to a GoFundMe for his family.
"If I understand correctly he’d been gone for 2 long months and was on schedule to complete his job and return home for some much needed R&R and to celebrate our Independence Day with his family [SIC] on that very day the accident occurred," the online fundraiser says.
Koepp's obituary explains he was a lifelong Litchfield resident, graduating from the city's high school in 1989 and then immediately joining the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany and later deployed to Kuwait as a Motor Transport Operator during Operation Desert Storm.
"Eric was an all around hard working guy, military veteran, enjoyed time with the family, a stiff captain diet and as I just recently found out shared an appreciation for the WWE and the Undertaker with his son," the fundraiser says.
The GoFundMe aims to raise $5,000 for his wife and two children, and as of Tuesday morning had generated $485.