In Remembrance: Lupe Carpio
Western Dairy is saddened to hear of the passing of Lupe Carpio. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to the Carpio family. His obituary and information on services is below.
Lupe Carpio, 86, a longtime resident of Gill but most recently of Greeley, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit. He was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Greeley to Ezekiel and Julia (Perez) Carpio.
Lupe graduated from Gill High School in 1949. Afterward, he proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. After finishing his tour, he married his high school sweetheart — also named Lupe — on Nov. 27, 1955, at St. Cajetan’s Church in Denver.
After his honorary discharge, Lupe started his life of dairy farming with four cows and a small barn just outside of Gill. That operation would grow, over the next 30 years, to a 300-plus cow dairy on 80 acres that provided for his family. In 1986, he chose to participate in the federal herd buyout program and retire from dairying; after renting the barn for some years, he sold the operation to his son, who has grown it to a 1,400-cow facility today.
His many interests revolved around family and community. If there was a baseball game happening, from tee-ball to high school to his beloved Rockies, “Mr. Lupe” could be found in the stands. If a child, grandchild or great-grandchild had a program or presentation, he had a seat in the audience to cheer them on. After retiring from farming, Lupe could be found at the “cabin” — his name for the Blackhawk casinos — bragging about his family while learning the name and life history of every blackjack dealer and pit boss. He and his wife also spent their retirement years visiting family across the country.
Lupe is survived by his sons, Robert Carpio (Darlene) of Yuma and Raymond Carpio (Debbie) of Kersey; daughters Susan Carpio of Bellvue and Linda Shapley (Edward) of Centennial; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Raeann, Stephanie, Steven, Jase, Graham and Bennett; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Brayden, Caleb and Kiliana. In addition, he leaves behind a loving extended family that included countless adoring nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Lupe Theresa; his parents; eight brothers, Frank, Joe, Sal, Luz, Zeke, Julian, Ralph and Henry; and one sister, Mildred Pineda.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1311 3rd St, Greeley, with internment at Linn Grove Cemetery. A reception will follow about 1 p.m. at the Greeley VFW Post 2121, 2514 7th Ave., Garden City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Lupe’s name to the Platte Valley High School FFA Foundation, to honor his longtime support for the next generation of agricultural leaders, or to Our Lady of Peace Church, to honor his tradition of providing a helping hand to those in need, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.
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