Richard Herschel Krupicka, 65, died at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, August 20, 1999 at 9:35 a.m.
He was born to John L. and Annella E. (Thompson) Krupicka on Wednesday, August 15, 1934 at Riverside Maternity Home in Austin, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.
He lived his early years and some of his adult years on Sunny Hill Farm, RR#4, Austin, MN.
He attended Magnuson School, a one room country school, through eighth grade and graduated from Austin High School in 1951. He attended Austin Junior College for a year where he pledged to Delta Psi Omega and was ranked fourth in his class.
During this time, he became an accomplished musician, playing the accordion and played in dance bands. He also did some stock car racing in his young adult years.
Richard enlisted for four years in the U.S. Air Force from July 15, 1954 to July 14, 1958 and he attained the rank of S/Sgt.
After his time in the service, he attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington. He also worked for Boeing in Seattle, WA. As he continued his learning experiences, he earned a diploma from Erv Malnarich Outfitters and Guide School of Hamilton, Montana and graduated June 14, 1964. He then spent some of his life, living and working in Alaska as a Professional Hunting Guide. He also owned and operated a commercial fishing boat.
Richard began his professional pilot training at Ag Aviation Academy, January 18, 1968 in Reno, Nevada and graduated as a Commercial Pilot on June 20, 1968. He also completed his instrument rating, ground school, certified flight instructor and Master Air Applicator Curriculum by June, 1969.
He and his brother, Randy, became partners in the Sunny Hill Aerial Sprayers and also did some custom round baling. Richard was a Chief Flight Instructor at the Austin Municipal Airport.
He packed a lot of occupations into his lifetime. Besides the above mentioned, he was a salesman of sewing machines, insurance and real estate. He also did some farming.
Richard was united in marriage on August 25, 1973 to Carolyn Loverink McShane at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. They were married for twelve years.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mary Ann Krupicka, Dubuque, Iowa, sisters and brothers-in-law, Scarlett and William Glover, Olympia, Washington, and Shareen and Donald Carlson, Jr., Austin, Minnesota, and former sister-in-law, Audrey Krupicka Thompson, also 6 nieces, 5 nephews, 3 Aunts and many cousins.
He also is survived by his step children and their spouses: Marc and Maria McShane, St.Paul, Minnesota, Karrie Dimitros, Forest City, Iowa, Roxane and Ali Merhi, St. Frances, Wisconsin, Susan and Ted Failor, Austin, Minnesota, and Michele and Corey Jertson, Austin, Minnesota and 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; also his long time friend, Dale Neitzel, Albert Lea, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Randy. Richard donated his body to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
A Memorial Service was held on October 2, 1999 at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, MN.
NOTE: Burial of cremains took place 24 August 2004 in Krupicka family plot.