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David A. Uphus, age 65 of Meire Grove, died peacefully, surrounded by his family in song on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the St. Benedict's Senior Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. A family inurnment will be held privately at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.
David Anthony Uphus was born August 10, 1953 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Sylvester and Rose (Goerdt) Uphus. David grew up on the family farm southwest of Sauk Centre. He attended Sauk Centre High School and graduated in 1971, and later graduated from the Alexandria Tech School mechanics program. David married Susan Middendorf on October 16, 1976 and shortly after moved to Alaska to farm near Delta Junction. In 1982 they began operating, and in 1988 purchased a farm southwest of Sauk Centre. In 1999 they moved back to Alaska where they owned and operated a travel trailer park in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley near Anchorage. David returned to Minnesota in 2014 and worked for Genex Farm Systems.
David and Susan raised four sons, of whom they were very proud. David was an avid outdoors man. He loved hunting and fishing, a loved passed on to all of his sons. David enjoyed spending time with his boys and his extended family. He enjoyed farming and was a skilled mechanic. David was an artful wood carver and rock collector.
David is survived by his four sons, Justus of Wasilla, Alaska, Andrew of West Union, Nicholas (Jennifer) of Wasilla, Alaska, and Robert of Wasilla, Alaska; grandsons, Liam, Tannin, and Flint of Wasilla, Alaska; mother, Rose Uphus of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Deborah (Kevin) Boynton of Big Lake, Thomas (Donna) Uphus of Sauk Centre, Karen (Michael) Stack of St. Paul, Sharon (Ken) Benson of Anoka, Mark (Barbara) Uphus of Sauk Centre, Mary Saxton of Sauk Centre, Peggy (Mark) Raitor of Sauk Centre, Cynthia (Arthur) Pearson of Tucson, Arizona, Joseph (Kate) Uphus of Sauk Centre, Katie Uphus of Minneapolis, and Andrea Uphus of Lewes, England; and many nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester Uphus on January 1, 2017.
Serving as urn bearer will be Simon Uphus. Cross bearer will be Andrea Gannon and scripture bearer will be Isaac Uphus. Honorary bearers will be all of David's nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
December 13, 2018
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
December 14, 2018
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
December 14, 2018
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