In memory of
Anthony "Tony" Krupa
In memory of
Anthony "Tony" Krupa
Krupa, Anthony "Tony" Passed away peacefully at RidgeCrest Health Campus on December 26, 2019 at the age of 90, surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Katherine Krupa, and his sisters Katherine Thayer and Anna Zielinski. He is survived by his wife and life partner of 71 years, Bonnie (Williams); sister Virginia Lutz; children Gary (Jann) Krupa, Anthony W. (Karen) Krupa and Tamyra (Michael) Macfarlane; grandchildren Marcy (Jeff) Carpenter, Nick (Andy Wigginton) Krupa, Anthony R. Krupa, and Ian and Hayden Macfarlane; and great-grandchildren Ellie and Chris Carpenter. Tony (often known as "the Admiral") led a full and impactful life. He was devoted to his family, generous in his support of friends and the community, and a visionary businessman. Born in 1929 in Jackson, Tony grew up in a household where his immigrant parents did not speak English. He was a 1948 graduate of Jackson High School, and a member of its first varsity wrestling team. He was industrious at an early age, teaching himself to drive at the age of 12. As a teenager, he painted and repaired cars, which led him to open his first of several full-service gas stations in Jackson in the late 1940's and early 1950's, and set the stage for his successful business career. In 1955, seeing the untapped potential in recreational boating in mid-Michigan, he opened Krupa's Auto, Hardware and Marine, now Krupa's Boat Mart, in Vandercook Lake. With tireless hard work, Tony grew the business into a success and introduced thousands of people to the joy of boating. Later, joined by his three children (Gary, Tony W. and Tamyra), the business evolved into an industry icon, becoming one of the most respected names among boat dealers in the United States. He further grew the business by establishing Holiday Dock Company in 1972 and purchasing Addison Awning Company in 1982. The success of Krupa's Boat Mart led to Tony's induction into the Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Tony was a charter member of the Vandercook Lake Lions Club in 1956. He and Bonnie were also charter members of the Debonair Dance Club in 1960, and have remained longtime supporters of many community organizations. In the early 1960's they introduced their children to competitive water skiing and for many years traveled as a family to new and interesting places across the country for water ski tournaments combined with family vacations. More recently they took great joy in attending all their grandchildren's activities, rarely if ever missing an event. Tony's lifelong interests included auto racing, classic cars, flying as a private pilot and taking care of the family pets. Tony's family is extremely grateful for the extraordinary and compassionate care provided to Tony by the entire RidgeCrest Health Campus team and Elara Caring Hospice. The family is also very grateful for special family friend Kim Hurley and her kindness and devotion to both Tony and Bonnie. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Instead of any physical offerings, the family invites charitable contributions in Tony's memory to any of these organizations: Alzheimer's Association, Jackson Community Foundation, Dahlem Conservancy, Cascades Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.
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In memory of
Anthony "Tony" Krupa
Krupa, Anthony "Tony" Passed away peacefully at RidgeCrest Health Campus on December 26, 2019 at the age of 90, surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Katherine Krupa, and his sisters Katherine Thayer and Anna Zielinski. He is survived by his wife and life partner of 71 years, Bonnie (Williams); sister Virginia Lutz; children Gary (Jann) Krupa, Anthony W. (Karen) Krupa and Tamyra (Michael) Macfarlane; grandchildren Marcy (Jeff) Carpenter, Nick (Andy Wigginton) Krupa, Anthony R. Krupa, and Ian and Hayden Macfarlane; and great-grandchildren Ellie and Chris Carpenter. Tony (often known as "the Admiral") led a full and impactful life. He was devoted to his family, generous in his support of friends and the community, and a visionary businessman. Born in 1929 in Jackson, Tony grew up in a household where his immigrant parents did not speak English. He was a 1948 graduate of Jackson High School, and a member of its first varsity wrestling team. He was industrious at an early age, teaching himself to drive at the age of 12. As a teenager, he painted and repaired cars, which led him to open his first of several full-service gas stations in Jackson in the late 1940's and early 1950's, and set the stage for his successful business career. In 1955, seeing the untapped potential in recreational boating in mid-Michigan, he opened Krupa's Auto, Hardware and Marine, now Krupa's Boat Mart, in Vandercook Lake. With tireless hard work, Tony grew the business into a success and introduced thousands of people to the joy of boating. Later, joined by his three children (Gary, Tony W. and Tamyra), the business evolved into an industry icon, becoming one of the most respected names among boat dealers in the United States. He further grew the business by establishing Holiday Dock Company in 1972 and purchasing Addison Awning Company in 1982. The success of Krupa's Boat Mart led to Tony's induction into the Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Tony was a charter member of the Vandercook Lake Lions Club in 1956. He and Bonnie were also charter members of the Debonair Dance Club in 1960, and have remained longtime supporters of many community organizations. In the early 1960's they introduced their children to competitive water skiing and for many years traveled as a family to new and interesting places across the country for water ski tournaments combined with family vacations. More recently they took great joy in attending all their grandchildren's activities, rarely if ever missing an event. Tony's lifelong interests included auto racing, classic cars, flying as a private pilot and taking care of the family pets. Tony's family is extremely grateful for the extraordinary and compassionate care provided to Tony by the entire RidgeCrest Health Campus team and Elara Caring Hospice. The family is also very grateful for special family friend Kim Hurley and her kindness and devotion to both Tony and Bonnie. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Instead of any physical offerings, the family invites charitable contributions in Tony's memory to any of these organizations: Alzheimer's Association, Jackson Community Foundation, Dahlem Conservancy, Cascades Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.
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204 N. Blackstone
Jackson, MI 49201
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