On January 2nd, 2014, Eric Kaupang unexpectedly passed away from a heart condition he was unaware of, on his way to work on an oil rig in Alaska. He had just been in Minnesota the day prior with his family and friends celebrating the new year. He was engaged, and has an 8 week old daughter, Evelynn. Eric and his fiancÃ©e Lindsey met at the vet clinic where Eric had brought the dog he was fostering, and they were inseparable ever since. When Eric received a job offer on an oil rig in Alaska, he asked Lindsey to go with him, and always up for an adventure, she said yes. They moved back home to Minnesota in 2012, with Eric traveling back to Alaska every three weeks to work. Eric proposed to Lindsey on December 21, 2012, the same day his older brother and best friend, Edwin, married his longtime girlfriend, Kiley. Eric and Lindsey's baby, Evelynn, was born on November 7th, 2013. After Eric passed away, Edwin was an immense source of comfort to Lindsey, as well as a rock for family and friends.
Eric was laid to rest on January 11th. He knew so many people from his adventurous life, and the room was packed with people, filled with sadness, comfort, but ultimately love as fond memories were shared. After such an emotionally taxing event, the families had no idea that they'd be hit with pain once again during this vulnerable time. The morning after Eric's funeral, January 12th, Edwin's wife, Kiley, went to wake him up after he had passed out in a chair, exhausted from the day before. But she found him dead. He had an enlarged heart, a condition he was also unaware of.
Edwin and Kiley started dating in 2007 after being friends for years. On March 13th, 2010, Kiley gave birth to their daughter Bella and they were engaged the same year. In 2012 they married. Kiley and Edwin were the definition of soul mates and when Bella came, the three were inseparable. Family and friends gathered on January 18th to mourn the loss of Edwin. The funeral home was packed full of everyone touched by both Edwin and Eric, and many heartwarming stories of love and brotherhood were shared.
Losing both of these amazing fathers in such a short period of time has been insanely difficult. Both Edwin and Eric were the breadwinners in their families. Edwin had recently started his own painting and construction business, and worked very hard to make sure it succeeded, not only for his family, but for his employees' families as well. Lindsey and Kiley were both stay at home mothers. Unfortunately, neither brother had life insurance.
Edwin and Eric lived life to the absolute fullest. The only thing bigger than their personalities were their hearts. They would have done anything for their family or friends and showed that commitment daily.
Now that we have lost these amazing men, it's our turn to do what we can for their families. We'd like to minimize their financial struggle, and help them move forward comfortably, with their young daughters. We hope to pay Edwin and Eric's funeral costs, living expenses for both Kiley and Lindesay, and provide educational funds for the girls.
We are also hosting a benefit for the family on February 8th at the Bloomington/Richfield Eagles 3208. Any and all help is appreciated, we thank you so much for your support!
Update: Thank you for all your love and support. The generosity of both loved ones and strangers alike has been beyond anything ever imagined. We'd like to help pay it forward by bringing another family in need to your attention. The link below will bring you to the story of Danny and his family, who were very close to Edwin and Eric. Thank you again, for everything. www.gofundme.com/minnesotanice