Arthur Jerome Dupuis, 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, following a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
A lifetime resident, Art was born in Racine on October 14, 1930, to the late William and Marie (nee: Raschke) Dupuis. A 1948 graduate of William Horlick High School, he proudly went on to earn his Business degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1957.
On February 27, 1960, in Zion Lutheran Church, Art was united in marriage with the love of his life, Beverly Jane Jenkins, just recently celebrating their 49th Anniversary. He was employed for over 40 years by Western Publishing – Golden Books, retiring as a customer service account manager. In retirement, Art enjoyed working part time as a courier for M & I Bank and as a courtesy driver for Gentile Automotive Group.
Blessed with an incredible voice, Art shared his God-given talent by singing as a cantor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he has been a longtime member. Among his interests, Art enjoyed running (he ran the 10-mile Lighthouse Run at age 50), working on projects around his beautiful home, golfing and was a Wisconsin Badger fanatic. Art was a passionate family man who loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his entire family. Above all, his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Bev; their children, Jeffrey (Robin) Monson-Dupuis of Greenfield; Kevin (Tonya) Dupuis of Racine and Christopher (Veronica) Dupuis of Caledonia; grandchildren, Deva and Ethan Monson-Dupuis; Brittany, Tyler and Cody Dupuis; and Aliah and Terra Papara; sisters-in-law, Anna, Florence and Arlene Dupuis; and JoAnn Brinkman; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.
In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by his brothers, Wilfred “Bill,” Richard and Gilbert Dupuis; sister, Helen (Ken) Thatcher; and brother-in-law, Fred “Fritz” Brinkman.
In accordance with Art’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 725 High Street, with Rev. James F. Peters officiating. A reception will follow at Infusino’s Banquet Hall. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 a.m. In memory of Art, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Joseph Mathew and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for the compassionate care and support during Art’s fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis; and to all our faithful family members and friends for the many prayers and acts of kindness extended in our time of need. God bless all of you!
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000