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Richard Duane Chalupa

December 3, 1948 - July 26, 2018

Carmel – Richard Duane Chalupa, 69, Muncie, IN, passed away peacefully on July 26 at Brookdale Carmel due to complications of vascular dementia. He was born on December 3, 1948, in Loup City, NE, to Edward and Rosie (Brim) Chalupa, the oldest of three children.

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Carmel – Richard Duane Chalupa, 69, Muncie, IN, passed away peacefully on July 26 at Brookdale Carmel due to complications of vascular dementia. He was born on December 3, 1948, in Loup City, NE, to Edward and Rosie (Brim) Chalupa, the oldest of three children.

After graduating from Sargent Public Schools in 1967, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education (1971) and a Master’s (1973) from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

He first taught agriculture and welding and sponsored FFA in Pender, NE, from 1971-1979. On August 3, 1979, he married Marilyn Uhl and they moved to Broken Bow, NE, where he continued to teach agriculture and welding and sponsor FFA. While a teacher in Nebraska, he was active in the NE State Vocational Education Association and held various offices including president 1978-79; he was also active in the NE State Vocational Agriculture Association and held various offices including president 1983-84. In 1984, he joined the University of Nebraska Extension and became the agriculture agent and 4-H youth agent for Fillmore County, Geneva, NE.

In 1988, Rich and Marilyn moved to Muncie, IN, where he became a member of the Purdue Extension and was the Delaware County 4-H youth agent until his retirement in 2011. Rich was active in the Extension program serving in various capacities at the county, district, and regional levels. He loved working with the FFA and 4-H youth and working at the county and state fairs. He enjoyed starting the chick embryo program for the elementary schools and helping the students learn about life and the rocketry, archery, and dog obedience programs, among others. In 1991-92, he served as secretary for the South Muncie 5000th Kiwanis.

Rich was a DIY person as he and Marilyn did many projects together. He enjoyed woodworking and made small tables, doll swings, and dollhouses for his nieces and a toy barn and a train set for his son. With his welding skills, he made stair step plant stands and other wrought iron items.

He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn and son Neil, Columbus, OH; his sister, Carolyn (Dennis) Buckbee, Lincoln, NE; and brother, Don (Kay) Chalupa, Columbus, OH; nieces Michaela (Jeff) Bohling, Lincoln, NE; Lauren Chalupa, Columbus, OH; and Allison Chalupa, St. Louis, MO; and nephew Jason (Anne) Buckbee, Soldotna, AK. In addition, two uncles, Eldon Chalupa, Pinconning, MI; and Edwin (Shirley) Chalupa, Sargent NE; and many cousins survive him.

An infant daughter, Jenna Irene; his parents and grandparents; and several aunts and uncles predecease him.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. A Rosary Service will follow. Burial will take place in Nebraska at a later date.

The family would like to thank the staff and hospice at Brookdale Carmel for their tender loving care of Rich for the past year. Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center, 1200 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie IN 47303.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Date: Monday, July 30, 2018

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel

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415 East Washington Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305


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