obit: Richard Louis Toupal
Well known and respected San Antonio resident, Richard Louis Toupal, DDS of San Antonio passed on to our Lord on Friday, April 15th, 2011 at the age of 54.
Richard was born to Sylvia and Louis J. Toupal at Presidio of San Francisco on October 8th, 1956. Spending his youth as an "Army Brat" Richard lived throughout the United States and overseas with his family finally settling in the Alamo City in 1968.
A star athlete and graduate of Fort Sam Houston's Cole High School Class of 1974, Richard continued his education under an Army scholarship at Trinity University graduating in1978. He went on to receive his medical education at the University of Houston graduating as a Doctor of Dental Science in 1982. True to his family roots, Richard immediately entered the US Army as a Dental Corps Officer serving from 1982 to 1987 at home and abroad in Korea. As Major Toupal, he continued his service to country as a military dentist in the Army Reserve.
Upon his departure from active service, Richard established his dental practice, Richard L.Toupal Orthodontics, in San Antonio in 1989. His highly successful practice soon grew in both size and reputation. Known as "Doctor T" by his staff, he loved them as a second family. Above all Richard lived life to its fullest, his sense of humor, dry wit, love of family and passion for fine wine and entertaining were his hallmarks.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, GiGi, daughter Kourtney Hutchinson, sons Jason and Justin Fellows, parents Sylvia Adele and Louis J. Toupal, MAJ USA (R), brothers Ronald Glenn Toupal and Thomas Edward Toupal, and younger sister, Katherine Elizabeth Alexander. Richard will be missed by all that knew him, never be forgotten and forever loved by friends and family.
Visitation will be held from 6PM-9PM with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. A brief graveside ceremony with family and close friends will be held with military honors at a later date at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Heart Association is appreciated.
Sunset Funeral Home