George Eric Kuper


George Eric Kuper, 50, died due to a tragic accident in his home town of Miles City on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

He was the youngest of three children, born in Jackson, Mississippi, on Jan. 30, 1964, the son of LeRoy and Jackie Kuper. 

Mr. Kuper married his first wife, Kristy DeLeon, in 1984 and of this marriage his oldest son, Matthew, was born. He later met Christine Kydland and had three more children, Joshua, Ashlee and Jacob. In 1991 he met his soul mate, Michelle, and her son, Jeffrey. They married on Sept. 5, 1992, and the two families became one.

He lived in Miles City and has been a member of the Sanjel family for the past 10 years, leaving behind countless of friends and acquaintances that he had made a direct impact on during his incredible life. He also took great pride in having three of his sons working alongside him at the job he loved so dearly.

Mr. Kuper’s love of life was contagious. He always had a smile on his face and was always the practical joker of the family. He was the ultimate family man; always so proud of his children and grandchildren. His heart of gold led him to put everyone before himself; whether it be family, friends or in many cases complete strangers.

He spent many years coaching hockey and baseball; he considered each of those children one of his own. He was a cornerstone member of the local National Rifle Association chapter and recently joined the Mule Deer Foundation as well. He was a lifelong and proud member of the “Who Dat!” nation, a New Orleans Saints football fan to the bone. Despite many tumultuous years, it never prevented him from going into every season with optimism. He enjoyed bowling, which he played league many years, some of them left handed and was proud of the State Title his team won. He was an incredible pool player who was always willing to give a lesson to anybody who walked in the door. He also enjoyed spending countless hours in his “man cave” playing cards and spending time with his family and friends.  

He loved the outdoors, hunting with his father, brother, children, uncles, nephews and friends. He couldn’t wait for his grandchildren to be of age to go with him. He loved to go fishing and camping; anything to spend time with his family. He also spent countless hours upon his Harley, “no ride was a bad ride.” His biggest joy of his life in recent years was becoming a grandpa to his 10 adorable grandchildren. He was a very proud grandpa and loved them more than anything.

He was a devoted husband and loved his beautiful wife, Michelle, more than words could ever express. They were destined to be together.  They were finally able to take time for each other over the last few years and spent many hours riding his Harley to numerous bike rallies with their friends and/or just out joy riding. 

Mr. Kuper is survived by his loving wife: Michelle; parents: LeRoy and Jackie Kuper; children: Matt (Allie) Kuper; Josh (Rochelle) Kuper and their children Kaedyn and Katelyn; Jeffrey (Hannah) Leistiko and their children, Jacob, Adrinah, Aceton and Ashton; Ashlee Kuper and her son Teigan; and Jacob (Laura) Kuper and his children Hayden, Jazzmin and Adam.

His survivors also include his big brother: John Kuper of Billings; his big sister: Janice (Jerry) LaPrath of Fort Worth, Texas; as well as dozens of loving family members and countless personal friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, 1717 Main St. in Miles City. His service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Assembly of God Church, 3300 Horizon Parkway in Miles City. The reception will be immediately following.

A memorial fund has been set up as the Michelle Leistiko Kuper Benefit Fund at Stockman Bank, P.O. Box 250, Miles City, MT 59301 should anyone wish to make contributions to assist the family in defraying funeral costs.