Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Louis Tupa

Lt. Col. (Ret.) George Louis Tupa, 75, died, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. George was born July 30, 1941, in Larimore, N.D. the second of five children for his loving parents Ann and Edward Tupa.

George Tupa

George graduated from Larimore High School in 1959. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Upon graduation, he joined the Army, served two tours in Vietnam and one tour in the Dominican Republic. During his time in the military he earned a master’s degree in European History from the University of North Dakota.

In 1972, George married Lonnie Maier from Emerado, N.D. During their time in the military in North Dakota, their three boys, Trajan, Yuri and Anton, were born.

Other duty stations included Fort Leavenworth, Kan. where George attended Command and General Staff College, Fort Lewis, Wash. where their daughters, Natasha and Alexia, were born, Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, West Germany, and a final assignment at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. George retired from the Army in 1987 making Leavenworth home. He then began his second career as a civilian contractor with the Army for the next twenty-seven years. During this time, he enjoyed travelling around the world, carrying out battle simulation training for units of the United States Armed Forces. In 2015, he proudly ended his fifty year career of service to his country.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife Lonnie Tupa; his sons, Trajan, Yuri and Anton Tupa; his daughters, Natasha and her husband Billy Burns; Alexia and her husband Dave Vondrachek; his siblings, Ed, Tom, Ron Tupa and Carol Malley; and his six grandchildren, Hannah, Lydia, Billy, Vince, Jake and Bobby.

As a devout Catholic, George was an active member of Saint Casimir parish, serving as lector. He enjoyed attending daily Mass during his retirement. He was a tireless supporter of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System, having all five of his children graduate from Xavier Catholic School and Immaculata High School.

His greatest passion was caring for his yard. He hand-made 22,000 concrete bricks over the span of a decade, laying them down for two patios and a sidewalk that looped around the yard. He also built four retaining walls, a deck, and planted over two hundred trees and shrubs. He and his family spent countless hours enjoying the environment he created. George will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation beginning with praying of the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System for tuition assistance for any preschooler wishing to go on to Xavier Catholic School.