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Kim Michael Huppert 10/05/2023

Kim Michael Huppert, age 66, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 5, 2023. Kim was born on March 7, 1957 to parents Joseph Huppert and Mary Esteb, in Plum City, WI. Kim spent the majority of his life residing in Ellsworth, WI where he owned various pieces of property including the old railroad depot in East Ellsworth. As a young adult, Kim made several trips to and from Las Vegas, NV where his mother resided, as well as some siblings. In the last decade of his life, when the Wisconsin winters would turn cold and grey, Kim would return back to Las Vegas where he spent the winter months under the warm Nevada sunshine. There, he’d rescued three adoring dogs, who became his faithful travel companions on each trip and everywhere he traveled.

On February 14, 1981, after one year of beautiful courtship, Kim joined hands in marriage with Elizabeth (Beth) Richie. The beloved couple began their married life in a mobile home Kim placed on the very property he spent his last days. There, Kim and Beth were soon blessed with two amazing children, Michael and Melissa, and then began to excavate the land and partnered with local friends and family to build the loving home he still has today.

Out of high school, Kim applied his lifelong passion for machines and engines by working at Mark Chevrolet in Ellsworth, WI. He soon joined Eastern Airlines in Bloomington, MN as a Ground Mechanic, and then later went to Hoikka Implement, where he worked on tractors and other pieces of agricultural equipment. By age 30, Kim had developed a strong skill set in equipment and mechanics, where he then started his own repair shop at his home. Over the next two decades, he spent countless hours in his shop, repairing tractors and heavy equipment, as well as buying and selling various pieces along the way. As Kim acquired various loads of equipment over the years, he often explained or rather defended, that his winnings from a recent auction or “treasures”, were at least worth the price of scrap.

In addition to an established knowledge for mechanics, Kim also had the desire to provide for his family and friends by collecting and processing his own maple syrup, grinding meats and sausages, raising pigs and building structures using his own sawmill; a true self-taught, jack of all trades. Kim often referred to these activities as “parties”, however his true intentions were to ensure he was passing along these valuable life skills. By the time Kim entered a much-deserved retirement, it was evident that Kim had pursued a lifelong passion for agriculture and heavy equipment. Several tractors and machines often lined his property, ready for “show-n-tell” with a friend or neighbor and to ensure one really enjoyed watching that engine turn over, Kim made sure to have a package of brats ready on the grill or a container of freshly baked treats from his “Bethy”. Kim’s sole purpose in any visit with a friend or relative, was to ensure all were left with a full belly and his “honest” opinion.

Kim’s dedication to his family often began with creating opportunities for his grandchildren to enjoy one another.  They will always have fond memories of Grandpa’s famous golf cart rides or trips on the side-by-side, soon after snacking on a chocolate treat that was snuck past their Mom or Dad. In recent years, Kim especially cherished every Tuesday morning with his breakfast buddy, his mother-in-law “Jeri”. The two often swapped stories and laughed over past memories of family and friends. Kim will be remembered by all for his passion to provide for his family and friends, his memorable wit and his amazing ability to build or repair almost anything. If there was ever a need for a machine or tool to complete a job, Kim most likely had it. He was never one to have a desire for extravagant things, but could find value and purpose in almost anything. While it wasn’t always apparent to others, Kim’s born-again faith was a driving force in his life and one of his proudest achievements ever was witnessing his children and their families adopt a life dedicated to Jesus.

Kim Huppert leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories to his loving wife Beth Huppert; children Michael (Tiffany) Huppert and Melissa (Aaron) Campbell; grandchildren Carson, twins Owen and Olivia Campbell,  Nathaniel and Makenzie Huppert; siblings Vicki (Gary) Nelson, Timothy (Susan) Huppert, Robin Johnson and Pamela Sans; Mother-In-Law Geraldine “Jeri” Richie; Brothers/Sisters-In-Law Mary Jo (Rick) Langer, Phil Richie Jr, Lynn (Rich) Harris, and Patty (Randy Forar) Kittleson; and several nieces/nephews and friends.

Kim was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Huppert and Mary Esteb, twin siblings Michael Kilbride and Michelle Kini, Father-In-Law Phillip Richie Sr, Sister In-Law Sherri Richie and Brother-In-Law Rick Richie.

A Celebration of Life for Kim is being held on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:00AM at C3–Crossroads Community Church W7562 US Highway 10, Ellsworth, WI 54011 with visitation starting at 10:00AM.  Kim’s service will also be live streamed on the link below.  Arrangements are this Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


Click here to watch Kim’s celebration of life. 




  • Brad & Cindy Bullard Posted October 7, 2023 10:32 pm

    Thoughts are with the family at this hard time.

  • Cheryl Odle Posted October 8, 2023 9:33 am

    Beth, Melissa and family, My heartfelt condolences to you all. Sending you love and positive thoughts. May you hold all your memories close to you. No one can ever take those from you. God’s blessings to you.

  • Lola Schaffer Haster Posted October 8, 2023 12:20 pm

    He was quite a guy. He was great with Dan and Dan’s dementia. He was so proud of his family. Our prayers are with you. Big hugs. Lola and Dan Haster.

  • Lola Haster Posted October 8, 2023 2:58 pm

    Our heart is with you….
    in this time of sorrow
    Dan and Lola

  • Timothy Huppert Posted October 10, 2023 8:09 am

    The comments are so true and meaningful. He will be truly missed. His ability to repair, I like to use the word restoration he seemed to so enjoy restoring some piece the was rusty and not running to hear it run as it was meant to. The joy he would feel and receive from that was evident.
    We will miss you brother.

  • Roger and Peggy Nelson Posted October 11, 2023 10:50 am

    So sorry, sad to hear, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Chris Boardman Posted October 11, 2023 11:09 am

    Beth. I’m sorry to hear about Kim. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Hugs and healing prayers for you and your family.

  • Eisbrenner Family Posted October 11, 2023 2:46 pm

    So sorry to have read of Kim’s death. He was a wonderful role model for generations of children to come. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. In the midst of the most painful grief, look forward to the future time when “ And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away “. Revelation 21:4. May God Jehovah give strength and his love to each of you.

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