Nicholas "Nick" Joseph Liebergen, age 16, was wrapped in the arms of our heavenly father on Thursday, October 27th after a tragic accident on his way to school. Nick graced his parents, Rick and Jennifer Liebergen, with his presence on December 8th 2005. He was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour and was confirmed and a member at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cicero. He was a junior at Seymour Community High School.
Nick could not wait to meet us so he and our Lord decided he would arrive 5 ½ weeks early. Whatever God's plan was to bring him into this life early and take him back home much earlier than anyone could have imagined.
Nick had a tremendous love for animals, always holding and playing with every critter he was near. We had pet turtles, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, fish, snakes, toads, grasshoppers, caterpillars, you name it we had it at one time or another we ended up bringing it home as a new pet. He especially loved his dogs, all of them including Brittany, Missy and Holly. His newest dog Lucy gave him a huge smile every time he walked in the door. We heard "Oh the Luce" everyday as he wrestled and played with her. Steve (our cat) became a part of our family because we took Nick to see animals at a pet store and he immediately fell in love with him.
Nick was named our "All man's man" at a very young age: that sure proved to be true! He loved to hunt. He hunted ducks, geese, deer, alligator, ram, squirrels, chipmunks, coyotes, pheasants, boar, bear, and turkey. It was not just the hunt that he loved. The scouting, learning new things, sighting in his gun or bow, and most of all time spent with others where just as important as the actual hunt. His passion for hunting was instilled in him very young by his Father, Grandpa Schmit, Uncle Nate, and Uncle Rob. They all played a part in teaching him and he enjoyed that special one-on-one time with each of them. As time went on, he formed strong friendships with many that had that same love for hunting. He even taught others how to shoot and hunt so that they could be part of what he enjoyed. He had the opportunity to hunt in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Nick would fish any chance he had. We are blessed to have been on several camping road trips as a family. With every stop Nick immediately grabbed his rod and ran off. He caught a lot of our meals on those trips. He was able to fish in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Wyoming, and South Dakota. He loved looking for trout ponds or streams to fish and knew exactly what he was doing. He enjoyed teaching many to fish. Any knowledge he could share, he did. He would even put the worm on and take the fish off for those that were first learning and did this with patience and understanding.
Nick not only loved the hunting and fishing but also cleaned and cooked everything he got. He cooked 50% of our meals for the family. Every meal was amazing. He made the best gator bites and duck poppers you could ever ask for. His fajitas were amazing no matter what kind of meat he used. His homemade tortilla chips covered in meat, seasoning, and variety of sauces made a nacho supreme better than any restaurant you could eat at.
Nick loved taking his boat out on the lake to fish with anyone who would join him. He loved riding his 3-wheeler, dirt bike, and snowmobile. He worked to buy every toy he had and rode them all like a pro. He was the "Wheely King", he could ride a wheely longer than any of the rest of us.
Nick appreciated life, he always wanted it to be fun. Anytime he went out with his friends they made lifelong memories. Nick was always up to and had the energy for anything that anybody wanted to do with him. Whether it was a night out or a night in, his presence brightened the room and made everyone feel amazing. With his contagious laugh and smile, he was the life of the party. He always found the positive in people and looked past anyone's faults. He enjoyed making others laugh and feel good. Even as a young boy, he would thank people for spending time with him.
Nick had the most beautiful hair color, texture, and perfect wave. He rocked the mullet! He gave the best hugs ever, he pulled you in tight and told you he loved you. He told Sam, Chris, and his parents he loved them every night! He was never ashamed to pray or say I love you in front of anyone.
Nicholas is survived by his parents; Brothers: Sam and Chris Liebergen, Grandparents: Thomas and Betty (Batte) Schmit, Grandmother: Barbara Mastey (Matuszak), Aunts and Uncles: Nate and Sara (Tollefson) Schmit, Jamie (Mastey) and Zach Martynski, Paul Mastey and many friends.
He was proceeded in death by his grandfather Robert (Duke) Liebergen and his Uncle Robert (Rob) Schmit.
The visitation for Nick will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, from 9:00 am until the funeral service at 11:00 am with Pastor Ty Stoneburner and Pastor Ben Williams officiating. Burial will take place at the Seymour City Cemetery.
Online condolences for Nick's family can be given at www.muehlboettcher.com.