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David Eugene Wupperman

Obituary for David Eugene Wupperman

April 26, 1945 - December 20, 2018
Kyle, Texas | Age 73


David Eugene Wupperman, 73, passed away December 20, 2018 in Kyle, Texas, after a short battle with metastatic cancer. A graveside service, followed by interment, will take place at Austin Memorial Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, December 30, at 2 p.m.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. E.W. Wupperman and Elizabeth Knox Wupperman, and by a brother, George Henry Rowe. He is succeeded by two brothers, Joseph Rowe of Paris, France, and Benjamin Rowe of Lago Vista, Texas, and three sisters, Johanna Hipolito and husband Manuel Hipolito of Cedar Park, Texas, Mary Jo Smith of Cedar Park, and Ann Seaman and husband Gary Seaman of Georgetown, Texas; by 11 nieces and nephews, and by 17 grand-nieces and nephews.

David spent his entire life in Austin, bringing happiness to others with his artistry as a floral designer, lending his creative skill to all the passages and major events of people's lives, and thousands of small moments in between. He migrated to floral design after graduating high school and spending some time in college, working at establishments on 12th St. near House Park, at the UT campus, in North Austin, and in Tarrytown, before settling at Freytag's Florist, where he was an institution for more than 40 years.

David was proud of being a Texan, and the son of a line of cultivated German immigrants who arrived in Texas in 1852, including great-great grandfather Hermann Lungkwitz, the 19-century landscape artist who painted the first professional pictorial record of the Texas Hill Country, and Richard Petri, great-great-granduncle whose exquisite paintings and drawings recorded early German settlements and portrayed local Native Americans in friendly, relaxed poses.

David was beloved of his family and of many lifelong friends, for his generosity of spirit, his love of children, and his heart for helping people in need. He loved Austin and the Hill Country, having spent his youth hunting, fishing, camping, and swimming on old family ranches around Austin. He loved nature and wildlife, art, the University of Texas, Native American culture, his German family history, cowboys and ranchers, classical music, and flowers. He supported classical station KMFA-FM in Austin, which his father helped found.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heart to Heart Hospice, Freytag's Florist, and special thanks to dear friend and nurse Gayle Robertson Frizell, who never left David's side during his last week of life.

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