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Alex P. Lupenski, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)January 26, 1935 – August 17, 2018
Lt. Colonel Alex P. Lupenski, 83, passed away on August 17, 2018, in Albuquerque, NM.
He is survived by his children Terry Morgan (Steve), Laura Todd (Shane), Karen Baldoni (Bob), Stephanie Lupenski, and Alex Lupenski (Tammy), 12 grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his brother Frank Lupenski.
Alex was originally from Paterson, New Jersey and graduated from Fordham University. He served 20 years in the US Air Force as a search and rescue helicopter pilot and retired as a squadron commander at Kirtland AFB. His career included many high-profile rescue missions.
He retired in 1978, became a general contractor, and founded Alex Construction, which specialized in building custom homes. He was a sharp and witty man, dedicated to his family and his country. An avid outdoorsman and adventurer, he loved to hike, fish, and ski, particularly in the mountains of Colorado. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed.
Alex died peacefully at Northridge Care Center, where he received excellent and compassionate care for more than two years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association of Albuquerque or the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial. To view information or leave a condolence please visit.
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August 27, 2018I was stationed w with then Captain Lupenski 1964-65 at Ernest Harmon AFB Newfoundland, Canada. We were in Det. 2, 54th ARRS, redesignated Det. 19 EARC. I was a crew chief on an HH-43B. He was always a officer and gentleman and we cut a ski run on a slope adjacent to the base. RIP~Joe Fiorillo, Washington, District of Columbia
August 27, 2018Fair Winds Alex Lupenski….. your family has a great legacy. Thanks for your service.Eric Greenblatt~Eric Greenblatt, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 26, 2018The Lupenski family will be in our thoughts and prayers and we are looking forward to a big reunion on the other side once our journey here is completed Never flew with you but salute you for you service~Jerry Clausius, O’Fallon, Illinois
August 26, 2018worked for Alec @ Scott in 71, good man, may he rest in peace and may God comfort his family~ralph hohl
August 26, 2018Rest in peace Commander, thanks for your service and the lives you saved. Even though I never flew with you just want to say thanks from another old crew member. Your time will be honored. I salute you Sir.~Dale Miller, Columbus, Ohio
August 26, 2018RIP Alex and thank you for your service especially in Air Rescue! It seems we may have crossed paths in early 60s!~Terry Sage ( Rockwall,Texas)
August 26, 2018Also served with Al at Suffolk County and Scott AFB where we flew many missions and fun times together. Best to his family and friends. A great person.
August 26, 2018RIP old friend. Alex was in my helicopter pilot training class at Stead AFB, NV, Class of 61-F. We went to Stead after graduating from basic pilot training flying the T-33 at Laredo AFB, TX. We shared similar AF careers and both retired in Albuquerque following our life in the USAF.The Lupenski family will be in our thoughts and prayers and we are looking forward to a big reunion on the other side once our journey here is completed.God bless.John and Charlene Flournoy~John Flounoy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 26, 2018I flew many times with Alex Lupenski on HH-43B’s when we were stationed at Suffolk County AFB, NY in the early 1960. Condolences to the Lupenski family. God rest the soul of Lt. Col. Alex P. Lupenski.~Jim Burns,Navarre, Florida