Donald Frederick Kauppila

Donald Frederick Kauppila, 79, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Lund Home, Hospice of the Valley, in Gilbert, Arizona.

Don was born December 16, 1937, to Waino and Anna Kauppila (Waara) in Laurium, the tenth of twelve children. He graduated from Calumet High School in 1956 and attended University of Illinois Chicago and Northern Michigan University. Don served in the Army National Guard.

He married Barbara Jean Young, in 1959, in Calumet, and they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on September 26, 2017.

In 1970, he started a long career with Delta Airlines (North Central Airlines, Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines) until his retirement in 2000.

Don loved to spend time with his family and friends. He was actively involved in golf and social events in the Springfield Community, in Chandler, Arizona.

Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Lori; son, Ken (Jenny) and Jerry; grandchildren, Megan, Kale and Grant Kauppi, Jake, Sam, Tessa and Claire Kauppila; brothers, Paul, Gordon, Ken (Ardene); sisters, Phyllis and Carol; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Walter, Vaino (Ted), Melvin; and sisters, Kathleen, Mildred and Florence.

Memorial Services will be held at the Springfield Community Center, in Chandler, Arizona, on November 4, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., and a Celebration of Life, in Calumet, (Summer 2018).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lund Home, Hospice of the Valley, 1982 E Woodside Ct, Gilbert, AZ 85297 https://www.hov.org/ locations/lund-family- hospice-home/.

Those wishing to sign the guestbook may do so online at meldrummortuary.com/ obituaries/.