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David Kuptz

April 18, 1952 — October 29, 2018

Obituary for David Kuptz

David R. Kuptz, 66, of Greenville, formerly of San Gabriel, California, passed away at home on October 29, 2018. He was an outdoorsman, family man and business man, best remembered for his warm personality and his self drive.

David was born in Dearborn, Michigan, the fourth of seven children. He played all the seasonal sports with his brothers, Butch and Mark, and the neighborhood kids. He excelled in hockey and golf, playing the latter in high school after he had broken a few bones playing football, earning him the nickname “Glassman.” He graduated from Riverside High in 1970.

David was a great athlete and continued playing sports after high school. He played in an adult hockey league and enjoyed weekly rounds of golf with his friends and brothers.

He married his high school sweetheart, Denise Chambers, in 1973. They had two children, Jennifer and Jaclyn, and settled in Inkster. While David continued his education at Michigan State and then Wayne State, where he graduated. While attending college, he worked at Ford to support his new family.

After earning his master’s degree, he took a job with Stroh’s in the early 1980s, which would lead to a big change in his life. David applied for a position in Southern California – it was a promotion with more pay. When he got the job, it was a bitter sweet. He would be able to provide for his wife and daughters but he would have to move away from his home in Michigan. When they boarded the plane for their flight to California, his family and friends crowded the boarding area, waving them a tearful goodbye through the glass windows as the plane taxied away.

David settled into his job at Stroh’s and his family adjusted to their California life by taking camping trips and visiting national parks. David was an avid camper and they would spend their vacations visiting Yosemite, Death Valley, Sequoia and Yellow Stone. David took a job with Nestle in the late 1980s, another decision that would later lead to a big change in his life. After his daughters graduated high school, David and Denise divorced. Soon after, he met his second wife, Sandra Larsh, while working at Nestle’s office in San Francisco.

They moved in together in 1997 – first in Glendale before settling into their San Gabriel home in 1998. Their house had a huge backyard that David spent all of his free time perfecting. They hosted many parties there, including annual Easter brunch for family and friends and Jennifer’s wedding reception. Sandra and Dave loved traveling, including back and forth to Berkeley in northern California to attend Cal football games, a team Dave adopted because of Sandra’s family’s strong ties to the school.

In 2000, Sandra gave birth to Audrey, their only child. They continued taking Audrey on their travels and she was the flower girl at their wedding in 2002.

David and Sandra both worked and showered Audrey with love and attention. He retired from Nestle in 2007 and never really found another job that inspired him. He and Sandra separated a few years later and at that time, David moved back to Michigan in Greenville, near his first wife and his daughter Jaclyn.

David loved being around his family and most of the stories he would tell were about his high school days and growing up in a house full of kids. But most of all, he was very proud of his daughters. He would always brag about them and tell people what they were doing. Jaclyn and Jennifer are both raising four kids of their own and Audrey was accepted to UC Berkely, where she is now a freshman.

David is survived by his daughters; Jennifer (Andrew) Samuelson of California, Jaclyn (Patrick) Adams of Stanton, Audrey Kuptz of California, his grandchildren; Emma Adams, Henry Samuelson, Nick Adams, Jack Samuelson, Olivia Adams, Charles Samuelson, Noah Adams, Grace Samuelson, his sisters; Pam (Dave) Hajciar, Lisa Kuptz Bogard, Lynn (Mike) Meagher, his brother; Harry “Butch” (Deb) Kuptz, the mothers of his children; Denise (Cliff) Copeland, Sandra Larsh Kuptz, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; Harry and Irene (Picchiottino) Kuptz, sister; Christine Kuptz and brother; Mark Kuptz.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, December 29, 2018 beginning at 11 AM at St. Bernadette of Lourdes in Stanton. His family will be receiving friends and family one-hour prior at the church. Final inurnment will be in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation to the National Park Foundation and a link can be found under the condolences & tribute link.

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