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George H. Kuper, 79, Ree Heights, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at his home.

His funeral Mass was held Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Highmore,
with the Rev. John Short officiating. Burial was at St. Ann's Cemetery in Miller. Luze
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

George Henry Kuper was born October 16, 1924, to Henry J. and Mary M. (Koeck)
Kuper south of Miller. He attended the Spears rural school, and later attended the CCC
Camp in the Black Hills.

He served in the Navy from February 1944 until May 1946, aboard the Saratoga.

He married Ella June Palmer January 14, 1947, at St. Ann's Church in Miller.

He worked as a farm hand for Roy Allgas, Roger Paine and Buster Deuter, before
farming on his own at Wolsey and south of Ree Heights.

He was employed by the Hand County Highway Department for 20 years.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Highmore and the American Legion.

Survivors include his three sons, Vernon (Mary) Kuper of Woonsocket, Randy Kuper of
Custer and Kenneth Kuper of Ree Heights; three daughters, Irene Gabriel and Beth
Shaffner, both of Miller, and Rebecca (Jon) Nacke of Lincoln, Neb.; three sisters,
Lorraine Martinmaas, Viola Martinmaas and Eileen Boehmer; five brothers, Bernard,
Leo, Jerome, Clarence and Donald; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother, James; one daughter,
Larita Harrison; one sister, Margaret Kuper; one grandson; and one daughter-in-law,
Diane Kuper.
George H. Kuper
1924-2004
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