Gale W. Hupp, 86, of Marietta, went to be with his Lord on Monday, April 8, 2013, at Harmar Place, after a short illness.
He was born March 21, 1927, at Williamstown, W.Va., a son of Arius W. and Ada B. Lauderman Hupp. He and his wife, Jerrie Lee Wright Hupp, accepted the Lord on the same day, were baptized together at Grace Gospel Church by the Rev. Ralph Yarnell, and were united in marriage on Feb. 18, 1955. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2006. He attended the Little Muskingum Congregational Church; also he supported and fellowshipped in Christ through the ministry of his lifelong friend, Herb Roush. Gale was a wartime service honorary 2002 graduate of Marietta High School. As a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, he served in Italy. He was a member of Millwright Union #1755. In 1963, he and his wife opened the Hupp Maytag Store, and later owned and operated Hupp Furniture Store until 1984. He enjoyed woodworking and operated Hadley Hollow Chair Works in his retirement.
He is survived by two sons, Michael (Tara) Hupp and Rodney (Michele) Hupp, all of Marietta; two daughters, Yolanda (Brian) Smith of Marietta and Michelle (David) Molnar of Savannah, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Courtney, Nathaniel, Jacob and Clayton Hupp, Brandon, Miranda and Caleb Smith and Coleman Hupp, all of Marietta, and Matthew and Sarah Molnar of Savannah, Ga.; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Smith. Additionally, Gale is survived by his very special friend, Imogene Platounarius. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with family present 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.lankfordfh.com