William And Laadonna’s Hupp Obituary, Death – Huron residents William Hupp, 66, and LaDonna Hupp, 61, died on May 24, 2023 in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. On June 8, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., a celebration of Bill and LaDonna Hupp will be held at the Huron High School Auditorium in Huron, South Dakota, with moments of memory for Harper Hupp. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Huron. On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, there will be a visitation from 4-6 PM in the Huron High School Auditorium. On Wednesday night, a prayer service and time of sharing will start at 6:00 PM.
Live streaming of the event will be available on the Huron Tiger Network YouTube channel. Additionally, the service will be accessible in Huron and the surrounding area on Midco Channel 6. William “Bill” Orange Hupp, born on January 26, 1957, died on May 24, 2023, in Pierre, South Dakota, at the age of 66. His beloved wife of 28 years, LaDonna, and his priceless granddaughter, Harper, also passed away on that day. Bill’s parents, Charles “Little Guy” and Lila (Heidrick) Hupp, raised him in Presho, South Dakota. He was the eldest of four children. After graduating from Lyman High School in 1975, he went on to South Dakota State University to receive a degree in animal science.
In 1977, he wed Deb Joens (Ganje) in Eagle Butte, and the following year, Cassy, his first child, was born. After his divorce from Deb in 1982, he moved to Lake Andes and started working for the Farm Service Agency.Bill met LaDonna, the joy of his life, in 1987. The pair wed in 1995 and eventually made Huron their home. Trevor, Tarin, and Jacey were the three children who blessed their relationship. Being a man of books, Bill had a broad knowledge of numerous topics via his regular reading and research. He was somewhat of a historian who readily recounted anecdotes and recorded family lore.
His middle name, which he shared with his cousin Orange Johnson, was in reality a fascinating tale in and of itself because he was named after an uncle who was a “hell of a cowboy.” He was pleased to still be the owner of the family brands, including the Broken Arrow and the linked HUP, which were among the first to be registered in the state. Bill was a skilled shot with a Remington 870 shotgun, and while he was nearby, few pheasants were left unharmed. He valued hunting and gun safety, and all of his children went with him on trips to hunt pheasants, deer, and antelope on both sides of the Missouri River, particularly on the family farm he owns near Kennebec. They will treasure these recollections.
In Harlan, Iowa, on July 11, 1961, LaDonna Jean (Gaer) Hupp was born to Roger Dale Gaer and Carole Jean (Guth) Gaer. Being the second of seven children (Larry, Mike, Joanne, Karla, Dave, and Rocky), she developed a motherly and devoted personality early on. She earned a degree in agricultural economics from South Dakota State University in 1983 after graduating from Stanley County High School in 1979. LaDonna started working with the Farm Service Agency as a college intern and had a successful career that lasted over four decades. Before being hired as a State Office Specialist in 1994, she held jobs at Elk Point, Faulkton, Clark, and Gettysburg.
She was one of the first in the state to hold the prestigious position of Farm Loan Program Chief, which she retained until her retirement in 2021. She had a stellar professional reputation that was equal to her positive attitude, and the Agency is well aware of her abilities and qualifications for each post she held. She also supported the next generation of farmers by serving as a 4-H leader for more than 20 years. William “Bill” Orange Hupp, her husband, her granddaughter Harper Gloria Hupp, her grandparents Lester and Bernadine Gaer and Julius and Elva Guth, her father Roger Gaer, and her brother-in-law Ronnie Allen Heckenlaible all predeceased LaDonna.
She is survived by her children Cassy (Mike) Hunter, Trevor (Kelsey) Hupp, Tarin (Levi) Blow, and Jacey; grandchildren Devin and Mason Hunter and Myles and Royce Hupp; her mother, Carole Gaer; and her siblings and their families, Larry [Steven, Donnie, Casey, Eli] Gaer, Mike [Jessica, Joey] Gaer, Joanne Heckenlaible [Ethan, Cody], Karl