Obituary: Donald Kenneth "Don" Kaup

Mr. Kaup, 102, a World War II veteran, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.

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Donald Kenneth “Don” Kaup, 102, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. He was born on Nov. 21, 1916, to Henry and Jennie Kaup in Skamokawa, Washington.

On April 12, 1945, he married Marie Cardinale in New Orleans, Louisiana. Don enjoyed fishing, woodworking, raising orchids and, in younger years, hunting.

Don was a Pearl Harbor Survivor, having served in the Navy for 20 years, and was at Pearl Harbor on the USS Medusa, a repair ship, Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

After retiring from the Navy, he went on to work and retire from Walt Disney World, and he also owned an air-conditioning service and reached his final retirement at 80-plus years.

Donald is survived by his two sons, Karl Douglas Kaup and his wife Frankie of Paxton, Florida, Stephen Bruce Kaup of Orlando, Florida; his daughter, Janet Mariann Johnson and her husband David of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren, Theresa (David) Shuster, Mary Kaup, Matthew Milliron, Jennifer Kaup, Sarah Kaup and Stephen Kaup; and five great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Connor and Reese Shuster and Devyna and Jaylen Milliron; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Marie; and his sister, Dorothy Lynn.

Services were held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Orlando, on Monday, Oct. 7, starting with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Mass was held after from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a military service at Woodlawn Cemetery.


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