Captain Archy Louis Lupia
1921 - 2017
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Captain Archy Louis Lupia

Feb. 14, 1921

Nov. 13, 2017

Captain Archy Lupia, 96 years young, died peacefully in his Reno home with family and Mel, his caregiver of 4 years, at his side. Carol, his loving wife and soulmate of 66 years, preceded him in death in 2013. Archy is survived by his four children Christie Gescheider (Bruce) of Reno, NV, David Lupia (Denise) of Rancho Mirage, CA, Jonathan Lupia (Peeb) of Durango, CO and Carol Smith (Scott) of Edina, MN, six accomplished grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Archy was born in Jersey City, NJ to Harry Illario Lupia and Emily Soldo. The elder of two sons, he grew up in East Orange, NJ and graduated from East Orange H.S. in 1938 then Harvard University in 1942 with a BA in Government. He enlisted in the US Navy and was commissioned as an Ensign in June, 1943.

During WWII he served with the amphibious attack forces in the Pacific Theater on two ships as First Lieutenant and Executive Officer. When the ship returned stateside, he traveled to San Francisco where he met and courted Carol Cherney from Flandreau, SD who was visiting her sister. They became engaged and married six weeks later on June 14, 1947 in Washington, D.C.

During his 32 year distinguished career in the US Navy, Captain Lupia served on eight different ships and was proud to be the commanding officer of both the USS CASTOR (AKS 1) home ported in Sasebo, Japan and the USS HORNE (DLG 30) home ported in San Diego. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and U.S. Army War College, he served in many capacities and locations including Vietnam. Archy was elected an Associate Professor and NROTC instructor at Dartmouth College and spent time in the Pentagon, his acknowledged best duty station working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; it was during this time he earned his MS in International Affairs from George Washington University. His last assignment was Director of Manpower Management setting quotas for the Navy's Masters and PhD programs.

He retired from the Navy on January 1, 1974 and moved with Carol to Flandreau, SD, where they lived for 20 years and were very active in the church and the Moody County Museum. In 1994, they moved to Henderson, NV, then to Reno, NV in 2005 to be near family.

Archy was quite gregarious, outgoing and a life-long learner who never shied away from speaking his mind. He was a gifted singer who could play the piano by ear; he was a member of the Harvard Glee Club in college and continued singing in various choirs until his death. He was also an avid golfer and gardener. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and was lovingly involved and supportive in their lives.

While we miss him terribly, we know that he is now with Jesus and Carol, watching over the loved ones they left behind and that one day we'll be together again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Moody County Historical Society, P.O. Box 25, Flandreau, SD, 57028 or to your favorite charity.

Archy will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery with his wife Carol; at that time there will be a service and celebration of his life.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Dec. 3, 2017.
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March 12, 2018
To whom it may concern (Family members of Captain Lupia)
My name is James Horn, I am the USSHaynsworth (DD-700) newsletter Editor and served aboard the USS Haynsworth from 8/1958 to 10/ 1960. It is with deep sadness to hear of Captain Lupia's passing. It is a policy of the USS Haynsworth Reunion Committee Organization to send condolence cards to deceased shipmate(s) family and to post the passing of one of our shipmates in our newsletter. We also honor all shipmates who have passed on since our previous 'Reunion' at our next reunion,(10/2018) in Williamsburg Pa. I have been unable to send Captain Lupia our newsletters since the July 2017 issue which was returned by the USPS as 'undeliverable and my attempt to call at the Tele. # I had in my files failed as 'disconnected. If this reaches any family member of Captain Lupia's family, please contact me at , Thank you
James Horn RD1/c USS Haynsworth Reunion Committee
James Horn
February 10, 2018
Captain Lupia was CO USS Corry in the Summer of 1963. I was an NROTC midshipman. I needed a good introduction to meeting responsibility, and he gave it to me.
Alexander Monroe
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