Daniel Vincent Stupka

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Daniel Vincent Stupka

September 04, 1934 - September 08, 2018

Daniel Vincent Stupka died Saturday, Sept. 8, in Asheville, North Carolina, from complications of dementia.
He leaves his beloved wife of 33 years, Sydney Wilson; and their family, Allison (Harry) Stupka Fried, Brian (Doreen) Matters Wilson, Amy (John) Stupka Dzubay, Rob (Marla) Annen Wilson, Andrea (Adam) Burks and Jenny (Greg) McPherson; and eight grandchildren, Bailey, Juliana, Mischa, Ivy, Silas, Zinnia, Lachlan and Lily. He will also be missed by friends and family in Chicago, Traverse City, Asheville, North Carolina, and Salida, Colorado.
Dan was born to Mary and Vincent Stupka in Chicago in 1934. He attended Beaubian and Prussing grade schools and Steinmetz high school.
Dan played basketball for Michigan Tech (1952 to 1953) and Northern Michigan University (1954 to 1956). During summers he worked as a seasonal ranger on Isle Royale.
He was stationed in California and Hawaii in the Marines Corps from 1956 to 1958 and in the Reserves until 1964.
Dan received his master's degree in education from Michigan State University and taught chemistry and earth science at Traverse City Central from 1966 until 1982. He then operated an energy efficiency consulting business in western North Carolina, where he worked with private and municipal utilities and manufacturers. Dan became a glass artist after retiring.
He enjoyed hiking, geology, skiing, biking and time with friends and family.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Southern Poverty Law Center at splcenter.org/teaching-tolerance.
Published on September 11, 2018
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