Kyle Kupp was my college friend at PLU and the best man in my wedding when I was 20. He’s been gone two years now, and we all really miss him. I was very proud to sponsor the 16th hole at Apple Tree Resort during the Kyle Kupp Memorial Reunion and Golf Tournament this year.
Here we are, just before the golfing started. I don’t golf, so I made sure golfers were hydrated. We make a weekend out of this time together, and we laugh a lot. It’s important for us to stay in touch and make sure our kids grow up knowing each other. This is just the guys, our wives and kids were all in Yakima as well.
Here’s the Upper Cut sign at the 16th tee, that giant man is another buddy from college.
From the Memorial
Kyle Bradley Kupp passed away June 5th, 2008, at home with his family by his side, in Selah, Washington, after a five year battle with brain cancer. He was born February 23, 1969 in Sunnyside, Washington to Jake and Carla Kupp currently of Yakima.
Kyle grew up in Selah and graduated from Selah High School in 1987. He attended Pacific Lutheran University and earned his bachelors degree in Psychology. He later went on to Heritage College where he received his Masters degree in counseling and education.
Kyle was an athlete and enjoyed sports and competition. He participated in football and track at Selah High and later went on to play football for Pacific Lutheran University as a defensive back. After college he continued to play flag football as well as church and city league basketball. One of his favorite things to do was to play golf with his dad and brothers at Apple Tree Golf Course.
Kyle started his counseling career as a case worker with Comprehensive Mental Health and later became the counselor for East Valley Central Middle School where he has worked for the last nine years. Kyle considered the East Valley School District more than just an employer, but as family. They have been an amazing source of support since his diagnosis.
Of the things that mattered most to Kyle was his family. He met his wife Kendra, a teacher in the East Valley School District, on a blind date in 1994. They were married in July of 1995 at First Presbyterian Church in Yakima. July 8th of this year would have marked their 13th wedding anniversary. Kyle and Kendra have treasured and built their lives around their two children McKenna (8) and Kyler (6).
Kyle had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and to make people laugh. He was a joy to be with.
Kyle had a strong faith in Jesus and was secure in the fact that he was in God’s hands since he began his battle with cancer. Over the last five years Kyle, Kendra and family have been sustained through the prayers of scores of people in Yakima, our country and across the world. A special thanks to Kyle and Kendra’s home church of Yakima Foursquare who have provided tremendous care and support. Thanks also to the medical community here in Yakima for their personal loving attention they showed Kyle.
Kyle is preceded in death by his Grandpa, Carl Marion of Sunnyside and Grandma, Bernice Kupp also of Sunnyside. He is survived by his wife Kendra, daughter McKenna, and son Kyler of Selah; parents Jake and Carla Kupp of Yakima; brother Randy and wife Nina of Yakima and brother Craig and wife Karin of Yakima; Grandparents Jacob O. Kupp of Sunnyside and Jeanette Marion of Yakima; mother and father in-law Ken and Jean Hereth of Selah and Brother in-law Matt and wife Megan Hereth of Selah; nephews, Cooper, Ketner, Kobe, Carter; nieces, Katrina and Katya, all of Yakima.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30AM Friday, June 13th, at Yakima Foursquare Church, 700 N. 40th Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kyle’s children’s college funds or Yakima Young Life in care of Keith and Keith Funeral Home who is entrusted with the arrangements.