Robert E. Hupfield Sr.

Died: Friday, January 04, 2013

Robert Eugene “Bob” Hupfeld Sr., died Jan. 4.

Mr. Hupfeld was a career firefighter, starting with the Mehlville Fire Protection District in 1957 when a paid department was established. He went from the back step of a pumper to fire chief. Early in his career he worked on establishing Local 1889 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

He was a graduate of Bishop DuBourg High School and received an associate degree in fire protection technology from Forest Park Community College. He continued his education with studies in all aspects of the fire service and was well versed in construction, operation and repair of fire apparatus and equipment.

After retiring from the MFPD, he started Gateway Rescue Equipment and sold, repaired and taught the use of hydraulic rescue equipment and air bags until its sale one year ago. Mr. Hupfeld was able to work on rescue tools 10 days in New York after Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Hupfeld was a member of the Missouri Mules, having served all positions up to master mule. He was a member of the St. Louis County Fire Academy Board of Directors, a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, BackStoppers, Make-a-Wish and active with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Health issues the last 10 years prohibited him with these activities, but serving others was always in his heart.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patricia Williamson Hupfeld; daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Paul Fendler Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Sally Hupfeld Jr. and Eugene and Yvette Hupfeld; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Hupfeld was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Eugene Hupfeld.

Services were at Immaculate Conception Church in Arnold. Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Contributions to BackStoppers are appreciated.