In Memory

Alexis Tupyi - Class Of 1964

Alexis Tupyi

The following was taken from the Find A Grave website.

Alexis was born on April 28, 1946 and died on November 9, 2006. He was born to Stepan and Halyna Osetrow Tupyi in Kiel, German. He served multiple tours with the 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army in Vietnam. Alexis is buried at the Minidoka Acequia Rupert Cemetery, Rupert, Idaho.

Thanks to Ann Reed Wheeler for leading us to this information.


The following was taken from the Power County Press and is the obituary of Alexis' mother. It gives us some information as to the life of Alexis.

The photo was taken from our second grade class photograph.

Halyna Tupyi, 83, a resident of Rupert since 1958 went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 7,  2009. 

She was born October 26, 1926 to Max and Stella Osetrow in Ukraine, USSR. She married Stepan Ivanovych Tupyi on July 14, 1945, in Camp Koruhen, a German concentration camp. Halyna and Stepan had their first son, Alexis, in 1946 and their second son, Nick in 1948 while residing in German military camps. Halyna, her husband and two sons immigrated to the United States in 1950, as part of the Baptist World Alliance Displaced Persons Program and were sponsored by the Henry Lehman family of Buhl, who provided farm employment and housing. The family moved to Declo in 1951, where they worked for the Wayne Newcomb family. Halyna's third son, Basil, was born in late 1951. The family moved to American Falls in 1953, where they worked for the Fred Mayer and Sons Farms until 1958. Halyna and Stepan had a daughter, Nancy, in early 1954. Halyna and Stepan studied and successfully completed the naturalization process for United States citizenship in November 1956, and they moved in early 1958 to Rupert, where they purchased a home with small acreage. Halyna worked at various jobs and retired following 16 years as a cook for the Minidoka County School District at the Lincoln Elementary School.

Halyna loved to work with her hands in gardening, growing flowers, cooking, crocheting, and knitting. She also enjoyed fishing the local streams of Magic Valley and being around family and friends. She was an active member of the Rupert First Baptist Church and enjoyed volunteering for the Minidoka County Hospital Auxilliary Guild.

She is survived by her son, Basil (Lois) Tupyi of Wilder, a daughter, Nancy (Jerry) Grace of Rupert, a daugher-in-law, Debra Tupyi of Pocatello, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren located throughout southern Idaho and Utah.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Stella Osetrow; her husband, Stepan and sons, Nick and Alexis Tupyi.

The funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Rupert First Baptist Church, 807 5th Street, where friends and family called one hour prior to the service. Burial was in the Rupert Cemetery. Gifting to the Minidoka County Hospital Auxilary Guild (commonly referred to as the Pink Ladies) 1224 8th Street, Rupert, ID 83350, is preferred in lieu of flowers.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.