Dean Lupkey

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LTC F. Dean Lupkey, 91, of McKinney, TX surrounded by his loving family, peacefully passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Friday, January 16, 2015.

Dean was born on November 29, 1923 in Elvins, MO to A. Bige and Mable (Faulkner) Lupkey. He was married to Gloria Crouse on May 3, 1968 in Miami, OK.

Dean served his country in the United States Army during WWII and participated in Operation Overlord on Omaha Beach on D-Day; he earned five bronze stars during WWII.

He continued to serve in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was the official reporting officer for notable events including the United Nations Cemetery Opening in Korea; and the Peace Talk at Panmunjon where he was the voice transmitting the events of the day. In 2005 he was presented the American Order French Croix de Guerre Medal by the French Ambassador. Dean retired from his military career in 1983 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Dean received many prestigious appointments in his career. He was appointed by MO Gov. James Blair to serve as Secretary to the Board of Paroles, and by MO Gov. John Dalton to serve as the Director of Missouri Civil Defense Department. In September, 1982 President Jimmy Carter appointed him as Regional Administrator of SBA's Region VII with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that time he was Regional Administrator in the Denver, Colorado office. In both cities; Dean served as Chairman of the Federal Executive Board which is composed of the top officials of each federal agency.

Dean attended the Juilliard School of Music in Paris, France and was well known for his exceptional voice. He often worked in radio and sang at many churches, funerals and weddings. He hosted the Army Hour ; which was broadcast from the Pentagon.

Dean is survived by his wife, Gloria Lupkey, TX; sons, Dru Lupkey and his wife Kristi of Frisco, TX, Cameron Lupkey and his wife Jan of Jefferson City, MO; daughter, Denise Humphrey and her husband Jerry of Olathe, KS; granddaughters, Alayna Humphrey and Jessica Humphrey; nieces, Pat Cox and Karyn O'Bryan; nephews, Mike Baker, Terry Lupkey, Tom Anderson and Larry Anderson, Chris O'Bryan and Kevin O'Bryan; sisters-in-law, Henrie Hiott and spouse Jim, and Alice Umphress and spouse Robert, and many family and friends who loved him dearly.

A military service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX.

On-line condolences may be made at

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Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home
705 N. Locust
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 382-6622
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Published on from Jan. 18 to Feb. 3, 2015
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