Robert David Graupner (David) was born May 2, 1957, in Salina, Kansas, and died December 20, 2021 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was 64 years old.
David was born to Robert (Bob) Graupner and Barbara (Bobbie) Graupner, the 4th of their 5 children. He grew up in New Jersey, leaving to attend the University of Nebraska, where he met and married Tamlynn (Tammy) Smith. They had three sons together and he was immensely proud of them. His 30-year career in radio broadcasting took him to various communities across the US. He and Tammy subsequently divorced but remained friendly through the years.
He met and married Joanne Bruton in 2001 in Dallas. They retired in 2009 and lived in Northwest Arkansas and North Texas, prior to moving to Colorado Springs in 2016.
David’s love of gardening included growing many orchids. He also raised and released bees as well as providing much needed habitat for them. He loved to tell stories, most of which had little basis in the truth. David was a life-long dog lover and frequently brought his dog to work before retiring.
David is predeceased by his parents Bob and Bobbie Graupner; brother Scott Graupner, and sister Susan Graupner.
He is survived by his wife Joanne Graupner of Colorado Springs, ex-wife Tammy Sallows of Madison, WI; sister Nancy Graupner (Jim), of Brewster, MA, brother Peter Graupner also of MA; sons Dan Graupner (Amy), Ben Graupner, and Neil Graupner (Kelley); grandchildren Stella Graupner, Henry Graupner, Lemuel Graupner, and baby Graupner coming in 2022, all of the Madison, Wisconsin area, in addition to several nieces and nephews, an entire family of in-laws, and beloved pets George and Ira (aka “the puppy brothers”) and kitty Leon.
A memorial service is pending, likely to be held in Wisconsin in the spring. If desired, memorial donations may be made in David’s name to: Pollinator Partnership at: https://www.pollinator.org/donation-tribute