On June 29, 2016, during a raging thunderstorm, Clive Mathias Kuppler made a surprise early arrival at the Hettinger Hospital.
On June 29, 2016, during a raging thunderstorm, Clive Mathias Kuppler made a surprise early arrival at the Hettinger Hospital. It soon became apparent that Clive needed additional medical services, and the next morning he was air-lifted to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Clive was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome as well as TMD, a leukemia-like blood disorder. For 56 days Clive fought valiantly to get well as he endured what the doctors and nurses needed to do for him.
Everyone soon became attached to this little warrior, and he was dubbed “Jivin’ Clive” by the nurses. His mother and father as well as other family members were continually at his side. Though his time with us was short, Clive taught us all many lessons. He taught us that the will to survive is strong, that there are many good people on this earth, that love can run so deep it hurts, that family is always there for you, and that God is faithful. Clive taught us what is truly important in life. We will remember his little button nose, chubby fingers, beautiful eyes, and fuzzy, blond hair.
In the end, Clive’s body became too tired, and he slipped away to heaven on Aug. 23 while it thundered and poured down rain. He liked a grand entrance and exit! Clive is now jivin’ with Jesus! A service to celebrate his life will be held August 31 at 10:30 am MST at the Mott Evangelical Community Church with Ed Billock officiating.
Waiting for the day they will be reunited with Clive are his Parents Hollie and Lewis Kuppler and big brother Waylon; Grandparents Chris and Wanda Kuppler and Kerry and Linda Swindler; Great Grandparents Ramona Swindler and Frank Jorda; Aunts and Uncles Erin and Billy Oberlander and Nathan and Angie Swindler; and cousins Sampson, Ira, and Elias Swindler.
A special thank you goes out to the staff at the Hettinger Hospital as well as Children’s Hospital. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest, 818 Fulton St. Minneapolis, MN 55414 and Northern Lights Council,Boy Scouts of America, 4200 19th Ave South, Fargo, ND 58103.