State Sen. Stan Schellpeper was named as a 1999 Nebraska Cattlemen's Industry Service Award recipient, at the Nebraska Cattlemen's annual banquet, in Lincoln.
Schellpeper died Easter Sunday, 1999, of an apparent heart attack. He was 65 years old, and had just been re-elected in November, 1998, to his fourth term in the Nebraska Unicameral. Schellpeper was widely recognized as a leader on issues that were important to rural Nebraska, and one who worked hard to find compromise where none appeared to exist.
Schellpeper and his staff were instrumental in making reasoned and necessary changes to Nebraska's feedlot regulatory program. Once again in 1999, he was taking the lead on feedlot regulations on behalf of the livestock industry by seeking changes to "clean up" legislation. LB 870 was drafted and introduced by Schellpeper.
Schellpeper served as president of the Stanton County Livestock Feeders Association, president of the Nebraska State Fair Board and of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association. He provided leadership to these organizations who actively seek to make rural Nebraska a better place. He also was actively involved in his community, his church and other local causes, and devoted as much time as possible to family.
"It is fitting that we give this award. Considering the role that Senator Schellpeper played as statesman, farmer, community and church leader, and husband and father, I am certain that many Nebraskans will not soon forget the impact he had. We will all benefit from his leadership and guidance," Ruehle said.
The Nebraska Cattlemen association serves as the spokesman for the state's beef cattle industry and represents 5,000 professional cattle breeders, ranchers and feeders, as well as 48 county and local cattlemen's associations. Its headquarters are in Lincoln and a second office in Alliance serves cattlemen in western Nebraska.