OBITUARY

Kyle Duane McLaughlin

January 31, 1955November 12, 2020

On Thursday November 12, 2020, Kyle (KD) McLaughlin lost his battle with cancer at the age of 65. Kyle was born on January 31,1955, in Lexington, Nebraska, to parents, Larry and LaVon McLaughlin. The family moved to Cozad in 1964. They owned and operated Macs Music, where Kyle worked with his father moving pianos and appliances, and worked retail with his mother. He graduated in the Class of 1973 from Cozad High School where Kyle was active in journalism, chorus and band, playing the trombone. In the mid-1970’s, Kyle attended Hastings College as well as Central Tech Community College where he worked in the auto parts department and studied mechanical engineering. Kyle was chosen to work as an apprentice in Detroit, Michigan, for General Motors, but the love of music prevailed. A gifted and talented musician, Kyle loved the blues, playing the piano and harmonica in numerous bands throughout Nebraska. Bands included The Blues Infectors, One Size Fits Most and Out of the Blue to name a few. In his journey, Kyle worked for Evans bakery, a saw mill where he manufactured power poles, Inland Parts delivering auto parts, and Seward Coop where he was employed for 17 years. Irish-born and full of confidence and charisma, Kyle had an impeccable wit and memory, was well-read and was a great storyteller. With a toothpick behind his ear and wearing black and white converse shoes Kyle could draw a crowd and make friends easily. A master of crossword puzzles, with a love for vintage cars, especially Studebakers, and a pet “dad” to Murphy and Paddy, Kyle had a passion for the blues, lived his life his way, and loved his many friends, especially his neighbors Kylie and Matt Joyce, who were like family to him. Kyle and his fellow musicians reunited annually at Comtestock Jam in Columbus, Nebraska. Left behind are his great love and fiancé, Diane Biesecker, her son Eric Biesecker, and grandchildren Kylie and Kayce, as well as his uncle, Earl Potter, and numerous cousins. Diane says, “Play those ivories, and rock that great gig in the sky, my love.”

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Gregg Todd

November 17, 2020

I met Kyle about 40 years ago when my brother (Rick Todd) and me went to Cozad to record some tracks at Wayne Harano’s studio. Wayne knew two “pro cats” and they were brought in to augment our sound and to tighten and smooth out our loose and ragged musical tendencies. Those “pro cats” were Kyle and his cousin Mick.
We got along fine with the funny, talented and jovial pair. KD and Mick were Irish and were serious about their drinking but not serious while they drank. The session ran long into the night and I noticed that every now and then Kyle would pour something from a bottle into the studio’s room humidifier. I eventually got curious and asked why. Kyle said they were low on vermouth. So instead of mixing it they were pouring a shot of vermouth into the humidifier and drinking straight gin. Thus creating the driest martinis ever made.

Dee Kaup

November 17, 2020

What a wonderful obituary! I didn't get to know KD until a short time ago, but he was very interesting, loved a good story, and challenged me to online trivia games. His relationship with Diane is a testament to true love even in the face of challenges. Amazing man! BTW, he would have gotten a kick about this sideways photo that Diane snapped for me. Lol

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FROM THE FAMILY

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