Edwin Madison Hupp
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June 11, 1938
July 21, 2013
Edwin Madison Hupp of Glendora, passed away on July 21 after an all too brief struggle with Leukemia. During his month long hospitalization, he was surrounded by family and holding hands with his wife Dee when he passed.
Ed was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Earle Rodney Hupp, Jr. and Carita Joe Hupp, and was a longtime Glendora resident. He attended Citrus Union High School where he served as Senior Class President. As an
undergraduate at UCLA he served as Cadet Commander of ROTC, commanding over 1,000 troops, while he earned his BA degree in Accounting. Ed later attended night school at USC, earning his Master's Degree in Education Administration. He was a Bruin for four years a Trojan for life. Both his Dad and Uncle were Trojans and he grew up attending athletic events at SC. His Dad was a yell leader and his Uncle, Jack Hupp, was an all American Basketball player there. Ed served in the US Air Force in Wichita, Kansas as an Accounting and Finance officer, then worked for AeroJet General for 10 years, Monogram Industries, and spent his last 31 working years at Rainbird Sprinkler Manufacturing Corporation in Glendora.
No one has better exemplified a life of leadership and service than Ed, and he particularly liked working with young people. In the years while raising his children, Ed Hupp Jr. and Jeanne (Hupp) McCreadie, he was active in countless youth organizations. Ed coached many sports over many years including baseball, softball, soccer, football, and basketball and the City honored him with the Ed Kirkpatrick award for service to children and youth. Ed served as Cub Master for the Boy Scouts, and even helped his wife with activities for the Camp Fire Girls. Along with wife Dee, they started a booster club for Glendora High School Basketball called the Tartan Tip-Off Club, which raised funds and led activities to enhance the basketball program. Ed was also instrumental in saving the Pony Colt Baseball program when it was in bankruptcy.
An active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church since 1963, Ed especially loved teaching Sunday school (6th grade through 9th grade). He also served on a myriad of committees and church organizations including Church Moderator, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Diaconate, and President of the Side By Side social club. He especially enjoyed being an advisor to the High School Youth Group and one of his favorite church activities was attending Cedar Lake retreats, near Big Bear, California.
Ed was also a leader in the Community and in a professional organization. He was active in Rotary, International, since the early 1980s where he was always on the Board in some capacity, including as President. Always wanting to make a difference, he partnered with the Recreation Department to create Glendora Trail Days where volunteers work on maintaining the hillside trails and Rotary provides lunch for the workers. He was also a member of FEI (Financial Executives Institute) in Los Angeles where he also served as President and various other positions, and introduced that group to the Citrus Singers. Having a second house in Dana Point, California, he served for many years on the Board of that homeowner's association, most recently as Treasurer.
Ed's priorities in life were faith, family, friends and country, which were not just words, but the way he lived his life - his focus was always on making life better for others. He was a cowboy at heart, having grown up with horses, and often said he wanted to be a kid when he grew up. Perhaps that's why he went to Disneyland every year since it's opening in the 1955, and treasured time spent with his five grandchildren, Justin, Rachael and Natalie Hupp, and Matthew and Emily McCreadie.
Ed was the second of five children in the Hupp family. His older brother Earle passed away in 2012. Ed is survived by his wife Dee, son Ed Hupp, Jr. and wife Lisa, daughter Jeanne and her husband Douglas McCreadie, and siblings Stephen and Pamela Hupp of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Carita Miller of Aliso Viejo, Suzanne Gordon of Glendora, sister-in-law Margaret Hupp of Hailey, Idaho, and in-laws, Mary and Dwain West of Ada, Oklahoma. Interment was held at Oakdale in Glendora on July 26 in a private family ceremony with military honors.
A Memorial Service in celebration of Ed and a life well lived will be held on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 3:00pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Avenue, in Pomona California.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on July 31, 2013