David John Krupcale, 71, Johnson City, TN, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Franklin Woods Community Hospital after a brave and lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Helena Hayes Krupcale Bates; and father, Joseph Francis Krupcale.
David is survived by his wife, Grace June Maiden Krupcale; two daughters, Julie Krupcale, Santa Fe NM, Jennifer Krupcale, Atlanta GA; one son, Jeffrey Krupcale, Chattanooga TN; one stepdaughter, Pamela Rutherford and husband, Chuck, Jonesborough TN; two stepsons, Tony Shipley, Jonesborough, TN, Joel Shipley and wife, Colleen, Banner Elk NC; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Marilynn Cook and husband, Jack, Ft. Pierce FL.
He was born in Watertown, NY and lived in several areas of the country, including Atlanta, GA, Anchorage, AK, and Abingdon, VA, finally settling in Johnson City, TN.
David was an avid golfer, racquetball player, biker and hiker. He served as a starter for the Virginian Golf Course, where he enjoyed meeting and forming lasting friendships.
David had a long and highly successful career with Eastman Kodak as both an engineer and manager. Several years ago, during a gathering at the home of his sister-in-law, Billie Elliott, in Saltville VA, David, his brother-in-law, Leo Mahoney, and family friend, Boyd Morgan, were surprised to discover that they all had worked at the same time on a crucial spy satellite program during the 1960s. The program, named “Corona,” was a great success and has now been fully released to the public.
The family will receive friends on Monday, December 12, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville VA.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at Elizabeth Cemetery, Saltville, VA, with Rev. Don Petty officiating. Pallbearers will be Warren Elliott, Leo Mahoney, H. Wayne Maiden, Bobby Ford, Jack Cook, Joel Shipley, Tony Shipley, Chuck Rutherford, Matthew Krupcale, Chris Tester, Landon Shipley, Dylan Rutherford, Blaine Shipley and Miles Shipley.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Christian Care Center and Franklin Woods Community Hospital for their love and special care.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers condolences/memorials may be made to the Window Restoration Fund at Madam Russell Methodist Church, Saltville VA.
Online condolences may be sent to drhendersonfuneralhome.com.