GERARD “JERRY” A. LUPGENS
ASHEVILLE – Gerard “Jerry” A. Lupgens, age 87 of Asheville died April 15, 2017.
Mr. Lupgens was born August 14, 1929 in Cleveland, OH. He was a son of the late Adrianus and Edna Gertsmann Lupgens, and husband of the late Margaret Vealey Lupgens. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Lakewood, OH Public School System in 1992. Afterwards he and his wife moved to live with their son. Jerry was the most loving husband, father and grandfather. He had a heart of gold and was a perfect example to all, instilling in us his love for life, serving, and hard work. Our family is so thankful God put him in our lives and for the great blessing he has been to us. Jerry brought joy to all who knew him. He would always greet you with a smile and never knew a stranger. He had a servant’s heart and was active in Temple Baptist Church. Jerry also had a special love for Temple Baptist School and supported them with a monthly offering.
Surviving are his daughters, Deborah “Debbie” Dinger and husband Daniel, Nancy J, Lupgens, Doris M. Lupgens; son, Orville “Ed” Henderson and wife Barbara; sister, Doris M. Mastroguiseppe; grandchildren, Nicholas Henderson and wife Amber, Samantha Sutphin and husband Johnnie, Jacqueline Gillow and husband Nathan, Martin Henderson and wife Kimberly, Darren Lightner and wife Tisha, Denise Baechle and husband Steven, Michael Lightner and wife Jennifer, Gary Dinger and wife Candace, Benjamin Dinger, Jeffrey Dinger, and Kenneth Lupgens; great grandchildren, Keane, Brittany, Ashley, Gabrielle, Kaitlyn, Martin Jr., Addison, Brooklyn, Hollyn, Christina, Allison, Ryan, Chayce, Chad, Chloe, Alexis, Montana, Destiny, Seth, and foster children KK and Bub; great great grandchildren, Kaydence, Gabriel and Charlie.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with Pastors Randy Bray and Duane Boyer officiating. Private burial will be in Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family especially wants to thank all those that came to visit Jerry while he was in the hospital. He had over 50 different visitors during that time.
A memorial has been established for Temple Baptist School in Jerry’s honor. Contributions may be sent to Temple Baptist School, Jerry Lupgens Memorial, 985-1/2 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Lupgens’ obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.