Richard Kean Tupper Sr. was born on Oct. 22, 1950, in Klamath Falls, OR., to Bill Duffy and the late Rachel Tupper. He went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 19, 2015, with family members at his side. Richard lived in Sprague River, OR., as he was growing up. he went to several schools in the area; Sprague River, Bonanza, Chiloquin and Judson in Scottsdale, AR. he later earned his GED. in the year 1970, Richard married Carlette Moore and lived in Sprague River. they had three beautiful children. in 1980, he met and married Ester McCauliffe and had a son and lived in Klamath Falls. In March 1993, he married his late wife Janice Riddle. Together, they raised her grandson while living in Klamath Falls. Richard worked for the Klamath Tribes Commodity Program for 23 years before having to retire due to health conditions. He also worked at many businesses like Weyerhaueser in Bly,; Bill Wampler in Chiloquin and Modoc Lumber in Klamath Falls. Richard’s hobbies were his horses, riding, training, team roping, rodeos, playing pool and the game of 8 ball. Richard was a Modoc, an ordained minister and an Indian cowboy.
He received the Lord in his life in April 1990. He enjoyed spreading the Word of God and spending time with his family. He attended rodeo, basketball, football games and enjoyed watching his grandkids, great-nieces and great nephews compete. He always gave encouraging words “Never give up” and “You’re blessed and highly favored.” Richard touched so many lives while doing the things that he loved: training horses, rodeos, attending church at Life Community, horseshoeing and his many travels while working for the Klamath Tribes. He enjoyed watching his favorite football teams: the Oakland Raiders and the Oregon Ducks. He lived a life full of fellowship, family and friends while walking on this earth. his legacy was planting the Word of God in his children.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Kean and Teah Tupper; daughter Kristie Tupper; daughter and son-in-law Karlee and Marcus Campos; son and daughter-in-law Dustin and Monica Tupper; son Derek Gallagher; brothers Rayson Tupper (and children Torina and Taylor); Stormy Tupper (and children Shannon and Tracy); sister Tana Tupper (and daughter Dawn Cher); sister Tori Tupper and Ivan Jackson; sister Berva Tupper (and children Rachael and Chae-Dawn); brother Brandon and Amy Tupper (and daughter Brooklyn); brother Steve and Donna Weiser (and children Reagan, WeDawna, Wycomma, Winna, Wyonna, Steve and Stephanie); 19 grandkids; 14 great grand-kids and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Rachel Tupper; Gramp and Grammy Hiram, Winnie Roberts, wife Janice Tupper, son Randy Gallagher and daughters Deanna Northwest and Yvette Gallagher. Special friends include Erwin Miller, Lawrence and Ann Hall, Harvey and Ruth Buckle, Samantha Evans, Micky Hicks, Rachel Taylor Reid, Ester Astolfi, Brook Higgins, Keith Ulam, Penny Ulam, Paula Brown, Ann Haskins, Tim and Donna McFall, Harley and Madeline Cole, Brandy Hatcher, Sherri Dee, Marvin Garcia, Ed Harry, Norm Harry, Lee Thom, John Galbreath, Buzz Kirk, Oran Miller, Jerry McCling, Kenny Jennings, Greg Sherril, John Hicks, Wauseka Brown Jr. Thomas Yellowhair and many more.
A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Davenport’s Chapel. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Klamath County Fairgrounds in the Little Indoor Arena at 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Chief Schonchin Cemetery in Sprague River with lunch to follow in the Beatty Community Center.