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David Arthur Lupfer

Memorial for David Arthur Lupfer

Born in Larned, Kansas on Apr. 15, 1922
Died on Jan. 30, 2017 and resided in Newton, NJ.
Memorial Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Memorial Service: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
11:00 am
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David Arthur Lupfer, 94, died peacefully January 30, 2017, at the Bristol Glen Healthcare Facility, surrounded by his family. Born on April 15, 1922, on the family farm in Larned, Kansas, he was the son of Loren & Lois (Gist) Lupfer and was the brother of his older sister, Margaret Ann (1920-2012).

He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse through seventh grade and graduated from Larned High School in 1939. He graduated from Kansas State College (now Kansas State University) with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Blue Key honor society. While in college, he met the love of his life and future wife, Patricia Townley. Upon graduation in 1943 he entered the United States Navy and became a Naval Aviator, flying carrier-based torpedo bombers. With the end of WWII, he returned to Kansas State College and earned his Master of Science degree in physics.

In 1946 David and Patricia were married in the First Presbyterian Church of Abilene, KS, by her father, the Reverend David Townley, who also baptized all four of their sons over the next eleven years.

In 1948 he accepted a position at General Electric in Schenectady, NY, and later in Syracuse, NY. In 1959 he moved to Metuchen, NJ, where, over the course of two decades, he worked for several electronics companies as well as performing research at Rutgers University. His area of expertise was the application of technical ceramics that were instrumental in the success of innovations as varied as the first digital watches and the NASA space program. In 1974 he founded Dielectric Laboratories in Fairfield, NJ, and moved the company to Cazenovia, NY, in 1979. He retired from Dielectric Labs in 1991 and was proud of the fact that to this day it continues to employ hundreds of people. He was issued seven patents and received numerous technical awards throughout his career.

In addition to his professional career, he served his communities in a variety of capacities - in Metuchen as Borough Councilman, YMCA Board member, Rotary Club member, church elder and Sunday school teacher - and in Cazenovia as a church elder and the president of the Library Board.

In retirement, he and his wife moved to Southern Pines, NC, and in 2010 they moved to a retirement community in Newton, NJ to be closer to family. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 70 years, Patricia, and his four sons and their wives - Daniel & Elizabeth of Norfolk, MA, Timothy & Pamela of Yorktown Heights, NY, Peter & Claudia of Andover Township, NJ, and Thomas & Margaret of San Diego, CA; nine grandchildren - Jennifer, Eric, David, Matthew, Christopher, John, Amy, Erin, Julie; and seven great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. He enjoyed a close relationship with his extended family of a sister-in-law, three nieces, and two nephews.

Throughout his life, he was known for his endearing smile, his engaging wit and wonderful sense of humor, his piano playing, his insatiable curiosity, and his enduring sense of optimism, despite having experienced the Great Depression, the Dustbowl, and WWII. He was an avid amateur astronomer who saw beauty in the stars. He was both a man of faith and a man of science and saw no contradiction in that. He touched the lives of thousands of people and will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank the residents and staff of the United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen for their care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held at the Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, 1 Yellow Frame Road, Newton, NJ 07860 at 11am on Saturday, February 18th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum, 1349 K-156 Highway, Larned, KS 67550 (www.santafetrailcenter.org/donate-get-involved), or the Edison Memorial Tower Corporation, PO Box 656, Edison NJ 08818-0656 (www.menloparkmuseum.org/support-us).

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, NJ. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com

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