Calvin Richard “Cal” Kauppila passed away on March 14, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the age of 89. Cal was born on April 25, 1930, in Copper City, Michigan to Richard and Hulda Kauppila. He had four older sisters.
Cal lived a full life. He resided all over the world in places such as the Philippines, Spain, Panama, and Germany, as a member of the United States Air Force until he retired as a Major after 20 years. His children were raised in this “world” atmosphere, which taught them to love places, people, customs, and food of all nations.
He became a drug and alcohol therapist after his retirement and was committed to helping people with addictions up until his death. Cal had many friends he got to know in Alcoholics Anonymous, who will miss his crazy “alcoholic” jokes, as well as his wise words of recovery.
Cal loved to fish, whether it was off the banks in South Florida, on a fishing boat in the waters of Panama, or in Alaska fishing for salmon with his friends. He also used to make lobster traps for Florida lobster and later taught the San Blas Indians of Panama to make lobster traps to help them enhance their fishing industry.
Cal also was an avid gardener, always planting new flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables galore that he shared with his neighbors for many years.
Cal had three children, Douglas Nels Kauppila, Michael Dale Kauppila, and Deborah Michele Kauppila (Bachelor). He is survived by his daughter, Debbie, of Winter Springs, Florida, as well as his sister Florence Svenson, and other members of his sisters’ families.
Cal’s close friends in Murfreesboro will hold a private memorial service.