Rev. Richard's Story
The Rev. Richard Dupuy, age 75, passed away June 14, 2017, at Memorial-Herman East hospital. Richard, ("Rich") was born in New Orleans, La., on October 29, 1941, to the late Albert D. Dupuy and Jeanne Lopez Dupuy. He is survived by two siblings: Marie Dupuy Sclafini (sister); and Eugene Albert (Gene) Dupuy (brother). Rich spent his formative years in New Orleans and Metairie LA., and attended the following schools: St. Joseph's, St. Christopher's, Metairie Junior High, and Delgado trade school. In 1958, he left home to join the U.S. Army, where he was to spend the next 20 years. He was stationed at various locations during this time including the following: Fort Devens, Massachusetts, U.S. Territory in Panama Canal Zone, South Korea and Vietnam. He rose from the enlisted ranks to Chief Warrant Officer, (CP3). His specialty was electronics and communications. He received many medals for his contributions to the Vietnam war effort, he was especially proud of his military service.
Circa 1978, Rich retired from the military and decided to further his education. He eventually graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Ph.D in Divinity. Following graduation, he ministered at several churches in the Massachusetts and Missouri areas. Later, Rich and family moved to Crockett TX, where he assumed the position of Chaplin at the Crockett State School, (circa 1990). The family later moved to Huntsville where they resided for approximately 15 years.
Rich's life can be viewed in two distinct segments: (1) His pre-christian years, and then (2) his conversion to Christianity. In approx. 1977, Richard surrendered his life to his lord and savior, Jesus Christ. To say that he was devoted to his ministry is an understatement. He dedicated his life to his family, ministering, counseling, fostering distressed children and generally helping others. More recently he was affiliated with, and practiced pastoral duties, at Casa de Oracion, in Sping TX. Rich delighted in counseling, ministering and leading others to Christ. He especially enjoyed performing marital ceremonies. As a result of his selflessness and devotion to his ministry, Richard was beloved by many.
Richard was married twice. His first marriage was to Joyce Muglia, of Springfield N.J.; his second to Sandra Martinez, of Guatemala and Houston TX. Rich met his lovely bride Joyce, (circa 1965), while stationed in Mass. He was happy and delighted with Joyce, and devoted himself to her completely. Rich and Joyce were to raise five children: John Dupuy, Springfield, Missouri; Lisa Gilbert, Pflugerville TX; Robert Dupuy, Tennessee, Daniel Dupuy, Montgomery TX and Debbie Dupuy Lang, Tomball TX. Richard also was the father of Creston Gallup of Indiana whom Rich and Joyce also loved and embraced. In addition, the couple assumed a parental role of Faron Pearson, Huntsville TX. Rich and Joyce devoted their lives to their children and also to fostering or simply aiding many other distressed children...never asking much for themselves...always giving.
Following the passing of Joyce, (ca. 2011), Dr. Dupuy spent the next two years as an eligible bachelor, mostly tending to his acreage in Huntsville and visiting his children and grandchildren whenever possible. However, he was struggling to find a new life partner and purpose. Finally, in 2013, with the help and guidance of his lord and savior, he met, fell in love with and married his second lovely wife, Sandra Martinez, of Guatemala and South Houston TX. He was then to spend the remainder of his life married and devoted to his beloved "Sandy", residing in South Houston, TX. Rich also had a loving, devoted relationship with two of Sandy's sons: Jasmani Ayala, South Houston and Alex Garcia of Guatemala. He often expressed that he was so blessed to have met and married successfully twice, and that his wives and families were truly "gifts from God". Rich was a totally devoted person.
Funeral services are to be held Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at: National Cremation Services, 5400 Hwy 6 North, Houston TX 77084 (10 AM to 4PM, with special military honors beginning at 2PM)
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in his memory to: Casa de Oracion, 18600 Carrot Street, Spring TX 77379 Attn: Pastor Victor Ortiz
Published on June 22, 2017