Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fitzgibbon Hospital Foundation/Living Center or Missouri Valley College Nursing Scholarship Fund. Friends may sign the online
register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born June 29, 1918, in Marshall, at the home of his parents, Wilbur B. Hupp Sr. and Dosha Rector Hupp. He graduated from Marshall High School and briefly attended Missouri Valley College. After high school, Mr. Hupp worked at a variety of jobs, ending up in the farm implement business just prior to World War II, when he served in the Army Air Force. Although he joined as an Aviation Cadet, he became an airplane power plant mechanic and ultimately was assigned to the 19th Bomb Group, serving on Guam in the Mariana Islands. As a result of his service, Mr. Hupp was authorized to wear the ribbon for the Presidential Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with one service star for participation in the Air Offensive against Japan), and the
World War II Victory Medal. He rose to the grade of Technical Sergeant. Following his discharge in 1946, Mr. Hupp returned to the implement business in Marshall. On Oct. 11, 1947, he married Virginia Parks of Whittier, Calif. The couple met while he was training in California with the Army Air Force. In 1953, Mr. Hupp and his wife moved to Platte City where he owned and managed a John Deere agency. The couple returned to Marshall in 1955, and Mr. Hupp began a career at Farmer's Savings Bank, starting out as an assistant cashier. Between 1955 and his retirement in 1983, Mr. Hupp rose steadily through the bank's management. He became president in 1972 and chairman of the board in 1980. He oversaw an extensive remodeling, reconstruction and expansion of the bank, its entry into banking-by-car, and when Missouri authorized branch
banking, the bank's merger with CharterBank, formerly First National Bank of Kansas City. Mr. Hupp remained on the bank's board of directors until 1995, by which time the bank had become a part of Boatmen's Bank. In addition to his long and successful career in banking, Mr. Hupp served his community for 32 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Fitzgibbon
Memorial Hospital, including 10 years as the board's president. He was also a longtime commissioner of the Marshall Special Road District, and served a term as vice president of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. In retirement, Mr. Hupp and his wife divided their time for a number of years between Marshall and the Lake of the Ozarks. With his wife, he was a strong supporter of Missouri Valley College and Fitzgibbon Memorial Hospital and established a scholarship for nursing students who are residents of Saline County.
Mr. Hupp was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Martha Osborne; and
his brother Wilbur Hupp Jr.
Mr. Hupp is survived by the former Virginia Parks, his wife of 65 years; two children, Alfred R. Hupp Jr. and his wife, Theresa, of Kansas City and Nancy Blossom and her husband, Dennis, of Spokane, Wash.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
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