Jeffry G. Laupus, 55, died peacefully at home in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
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Born May 29, 1957, Jeff was the son of James L. Laupus, former mayor of Seymour, and Mary Carolyn Coapstick Laupus, the fourth of their five "J's."
A devoted husband, loving father, cherished brother and steadfast friend, Jeff is survived by his wife, Clare Reilly, whom he married May 6, 1995, and his sons, Clayton, 15, and Kyle, 12. Other survivors include his brother, Joe Laupus (Maggie), Seymour; his sisters, Jhani "Jane" Laupus (Michael Sample), Indianapolis, Julia Robbins (John), Louisville, and Jean Laupus (John Oates), New York; five nieces; and seven nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
Jeff graduated from Seymour High School in 1975. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration for finance and economics from Miami University in Ohio in 1979, accepted a job offer from a New York firm and moved to the Big Apple that same year. In 1989, he completed a masters of business administration degree in finance at New York University and was most recently vice president of institutional retirement and trust services at Wells Fargo.
A two-sport letter winner in basketball and football in high school, Jeff took up volleyball in college and continued playing throughout his adult life, competing in leagues, tournaments and pick-up games in Central Park and on New York City area beaches.
Jeff was also an avid golfer. Nothing compared to his love of his wife and boys and commitment to family. He never missed a school event and served for as long as he was able as a coach and referee for his sons' sports leagues. He loved his adopted city, but also held fast to his gentle, down-to-earth Midwestern ways.
Jeff was blessed with enormous support from loving family and friends throughout his courageous battle. A memorial celebration of his life will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Park Avenue Methodist Church, 106 E. 86th St., New York, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Clayton & Kyle Laupus College Fund, c/o Jean Laupus, 401 E. 88th St., #3A, New York, NY 10128, The Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy.
Published in Tribune from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, 2012