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Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010 8:00 am

Bill Pearson said Larry Kuppler “epitomized the Sun City way of life.”

“Sun City lost a man who gave back way more than he ever took,” Pearson wrote. “In my humble opinion, nothing defines a person more than that equation.”

Kuppler, a prominent member of the Sun City 50th Anniversary Committee and community, died last Friday in a golf-car accident.

Just after 6 p.m. Dec. 10, Kuppler was directing a golf car parade in the Lakeview Recreation Center parking lot.

As the decorated holiday vehicles passed, Kuppler got into his own golf car, and as he backed up, he bumped into a steel bicycle rack and fell from the car, sustaining serious head trauma, officials said.

Paul Herrmann, Sun City Visitors Center executive director, said witnesses called 911 immediately and the Sun City Fire Department responded within minutes.

Kuppler’s vital signs were not good, and he was taken by ambulance to Banner Estrella Medical Center, where he died approximately two hours later, Herrmann said.

Herrmann and his wife drove Kuppler’s wife, Dottie, to the hospital. Dottie had already left the event earlier in the evening.

“It’s a real shock,” said Herrmann, noting Kuppler, 77, was leading the golf car parade in good health and spirits. “It lets us know how fleeting life can be.”

Kuppler’s two grown children, who travel extensively for their jobs, happened to be in town last week visiting their parents. Dottie spoke highly of her husband’s civic-mindedness, his constant desire to take on new challenges and adventures for his enjoyment and to benefit the community.

Kuppler’s dedication to Sun City and the enjoyment he received was seen by many.

“That should come as no surprise,” Pearson stated on the Sun Cities Today Blog, “Larry Kuppler epitomized the Sun City way of life. He had his hands in everything.”

Pearson wrote that Kuppler was an avid golfer, Sun City Visitors Center volunteer, active in his church, played a major role in the Agua Fria Kiwanis Club and was a member of the Saturday Night Dance Club. Herrmann said he played golf with Kuppler every week and both couples got together to enjoy Arizona Diamondbacks games on a regular basis.

A memorial service took place Thursday in Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. The family is asking that all donations be made to the church.

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