Kuiper

John David Kuiper

April 21, 1934 – June 7, 2020

John David Kuiper (Dave) passed away June 7, 2020, in Sheridan with his wife by his side. He was born in Buffalo April 21,1934, to Thomas Exter Kuiper and Helen Seeman Kuiper. Dave was the youngest, brother to Frances Kuiper Enabnit and Tommy Kuiper. Dave grew up attending early years in Buffalo schools where his father was superintendent. Dave started high school in Sheridan when his father served as second president of Sheridan College, and graduated his senior year from Thermopolis when his father became the first administrator of today’s Pioneer Home.

Dave graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and enlisted in the Army. He was sent to Germany immediately at the end of the Korean War. After completing his service to our country, Dave came home and worked for the Denver Stock Yards, concentrating on feeder lambs and cattle. In 1967, Dave and brother Tommy bought a ranch north of Kaycee where Dave moved his young family, wife Patsy Beyer, daughter Judy and son Steven. After years in ranching, Dave proceeded into real estate and moved to Sheridan in 1984.

On April 16, 1988, Dave married Jeanette Pradere and moved to Buffalo joining Robinson Real Estate. Several years later, he formed Dave Kuiper Real Estate showing and selling for nearly 30 years specializing in ranches and mountain properties. In his youth, Dave spent many days in the Bighorn Mountains following his father’s summers working for the Forest Service. Later as a livestock buyer, few would share the thousands of miles and many ranches Dave knew. If asked, Dave remembered every trail, stone and acre in much of northern Wyoming, especially the Bighorns. Nobody knew the landscape as Dave did. When remembering Dave, thoughts of golfing, fishing, hiking, riding, teaching and of course laughing come to mind. Memories arise of the Shrine band in parades; Dave wearing the fez. Among all his talents as pilot, fisherman, golfer, cowboy, businessman, uncle, father and more, Dave will be remembered lovingly by everybody he knew. 

Dave is survived by his wife, Jeanette; brother, Tommy and wife Velda; daughter, Judy and husband John Muller; children, Steve and wife Tracy Kuiper; Karen and husband Jim Stratton; David Hepp; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents and sister Frances Kuiper Enabnit.

Donations can be sent to Kane’s Funeral Home in Sheridan on behalf of Dave or directly to the Shriner’s Children Hospital, 1275 E. Fairfax Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. 

A graveside service with military honors for Dave Kuiper will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in the Juniper Heights section.