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Melvin M. Kupka, 92

December 30, 2016
Traer Star-Clipper

Melvin Milo Kupka was born on August 6, 1924, in Chelsea, the son of Milo and Mildred Kupka. He attended Chelsea Public School and graduated with the class of 1941. On September 25, 1946, Melvin was united in marriage to Betty Lou Novak in Cedar Rapids. The couple lived near Clutier and Melvin became associated with the Clutier State Bank. He purchased controlling interest and served as president of the bank for over 25 years. In 1968, Melvin purchased the National Bank in Traer and converted it to a State Bank. The new name became the First Community Bank and Trust and a new building was constructed. Melvin served as President and CEO of both banks and also organized the National Bank of Tama County in Dysart, serving as president. Melvin and Betty moved to Traer in 1974. He was active in community affairs, serving as Past Master of the Dysart Masonic Lodge Consistory, a 32nd degree Shrine member for over 55 years, and an elder at the Traer Presbyterian Church. Melvin was also active and held offices in the Iowa Bankers Association, the Independent Bankers of America, and the American Bankers association. Melvin died at the age of 92 on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Pinnacle Specialty Care in Cedar Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents. Melvin is survived by his wife, Betty of Traer; a daughter, Lou of Anacortes, Washington; and a nephew, Ron Roushar.

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