July 22, 2023

James Reed Leypoldt

James Reed Leypoldt died July 21st, at his home in Lincoln NE surrounded by his family. Born September
16, 1957 in Omaha Nebraska to Rev Woodrow and Dorothy (Hennings) Leypoldt. He was 65 years young.
He attended Albion High School and graduated from Watertown South Dakota High School in 1975. Jim
attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and The Nebraska School of Commerce. He married Melissa
Doupnik in Lincoln on July 20, 1984. Jim and his wife met while working at the Lincoln Regional Center.
Jim found his passion working for Lincoln Public Schools: starting at Hawthorne elementary and later
finding his home at Holmes Elementary as a para and proud Hedge Hog.
He was also an avid Nebraska Husker fan and loved the game of golf. Jim was a loving husband, father,
and grandfather. Jim fought a courageous battle with cancer for fourteen years and taught others what
was important and to “live life” to its fullest.

Jim is survived by his wife “Missy”, as well as children: Benjamin, Beth (Chester Muiu), and
grandchildren: Aderha, Cairo, and Charli, all of Lincoln. Siblings: Chuck (Chris) of Lincoln, Doug (Nancy) of
La Vista, Cathy Koch (Les) of Lincoln, Steve of Beatrice. Brother in Laws: Dallas Doupnik (Shirley) of
Harvard, and Cory Doupnik of Quincy, Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his parents, son: Alexander Cory Leypoldt, In-Laws: Benjamin Doupnik and
Kay(Ryser) of Clay Center NE, Sister Janice Dorr, and brother Gary Leypoldt.

Visitation 5-7pm Monday July 24th at Wyuka 3600 O St. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 10:00
am Tues July 25th at the First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, NE. Graveside services following church
services at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the family for a charitable donation to be designated at a later date.
Condolences may be left at


  1. Thinking of you Missy. He was such a good man married to a good woman.

  2. Our sympathy to the entire family, Jim was a great man. God speed Mr. Jim.

  3. My deepest sympathies to all his family

  4. Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband, yet so glad you had each other, and he had you! May good memories of all that you had together stitch up a sad heart.

  5. Wonderful person was blessed to know. Jim you left a wonderful legacy, such a beautiful family. Rest in peace. Prayers to family.

  6. Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family and I am praying for your continued strength and that you be filled with a sense of peace.

  7. Extending our deepest sympathy to the Leypoldt family…….I grew up in Albion along with the Leypoldts. I always remember Jim and Steven swimming in the Albion swimming pool where I was Lifeguard. Our paths crossed again working for Lincoln Public Schools. My daughter, Jennifer Goddard, worked at Holmes school with Jim and said he was one of the hardest workers. He was a natural at his job and showed so much empathy with whomever he worked. Thinking of you all ……

    • My condolences to Missy and family on the passing of Jim. Sorry i could not make it back for services.

  8. Beth & Family – So sorry to hear – Keeping all of you in my thoughts.


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