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Charles B. “Bud” Tupper, 95, Greenwood, kept on dancing until Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
He was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Franklin, Mass., to Raymond and Cecil (Riddle) Tupper. He grew up raising and riding horses until he enlisted in the Army at 20.
During his military career from 1939 to 1945, he was part of the last U.S. horse-mounted unit then stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., with the 2nd Cavalry. With the outbreak of World War II, he was assigned to Camp Atterbury with the 83rd Infantry Division, where he was responsible for training combat infantrymen bound for Europe.
After a short stay in 1943 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he was assigned to the 75th Infantry Division, which eventually headed to England as part of the D-Day invasion buildup. His unit landed in France a month after D-Day and became involved in the Battle of the Bulge, where he earned two Bronze Stars.
He met and married his wife, Lila (Lee) Tupper, in 1943; and they settled back in Indianapolis. In 1958, Bud and Lila moved to Greenwood. He retired from Insley Manufacturing as an inventory control supervisor in 1980 after 34 years.
Bud resided in the Franklin United Methodist Home Assisted Living Center since 2010.
Preceding him in death were Lila on Feb. 11, 1985, and his son, Phillip Tupper, on Oct. 30, 2009.
He is survived by a daughter, Madeline Tupper of Prince’s Lakes; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Tupper of Beech Grove; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilson-St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. Friends may call from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
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