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Thomas Kulupka

DELPHI, Ind. — Thomas Edward Kulupka, 58, of Delphi, Ind., died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at his home after a battle with cancer.

Tom was born Oct. 13, 1954, to Albert and Florence Kulupka. He graduated from Hall High School of Spring Valley in 1972 and received an AAS from Illinois Valley Community College in 1976. He married Gretel Dickey in 1985; they were married for 18 years.

Tom worked as a manufacturing engineer at Caterpillar for 36 years. He was a member of the Rossville Consolidated School Board and Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

Having a strong interest in the world of boating, Tom was determined to complete at least one circuit of the Great Loop. A bit of an outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping, fishing and the beauty that nature has to offer. He often raised animals, particularly chickens, and his dogs were near and dear to him.

Surviving are a son, Nicholaus Kulupka of Delphi, Ind.; a daughter, Sally Harmon (husband Steven) of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Richard Kulupka (wife Linda) of Ohio, Ill.; and a sister, Nancy O’Connor (husband Mike) of Hennepin.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Jeffrey.

Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette, Ind.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may donate to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Tom’s name.

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