Nate Stupka

  • Born: November 30, 1971
  • Died: October 13, 2020
  • Location: Elkhart, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Nathan Wade Stupka, 48, of Elkhart passed away October 13, 2020 due to COVID-19. A visitation will be held Friday, October 16, from 4-7 p.m. at Prairie Ridge Church (828 NW 36th St. Ankeny, IA 50023). A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 17, at 11:00 a.m., also at the church.

Nate was born to Clarence and Marlene Stupka on November 30, 1971 in Yankton, South Dakota making him the youngest child in a family of 5.
Nate attended school at Ballard after moving to Huxley, Iowa in 1972. He played football, basketball, and was an All-State pitcher for the Bomber Baseball team. While in high school he met his wife Amy in 1989 while "scooping the loop" with friends in Ames. They knew from their very first kiss that they had found something rare and lasting in each other.

Nate married Amy on June 24, 1995. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Nate worked for Midland Hobby Supply and the two of them made lifelong friendships with the neighbors in their cul-de-sac. In 1997, Nate went to work for his father-in law, Jon Struthers, in the family heavy construction business and moved back home to Iowa. It was in this business where Nate found his true talent in selling and managing people within that industry. Nate went on to become President and COO of Intertractor America and Valupart. Nate had just begun a new adventure heading up a new division of Intertractor just weeks before his passing.

In March 2001, Nate and Amy welcomed twin sons, Dylan and Nick. His parents and in-laws recall him emerging from the delivery room and shouting, "I'm a Dad!". Nate spent countless hours teaching the boys about his true passions: sports and the outdoors. He loved coaching their baseball teams and teaching them all he knew about fishing and hunting. He and his boys formed a very special bond spending their time with each other and great friends on countless lakes, fields, and hunting trips.

Nate was passionate, determined, and had a big infectious personality. He was never afraid to tell you exactly what he thought about something! Whatever he did, he did big. He loved and protected Amy, Dylan, and Nick with everything he had. He cherished moments with his siblings, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. All things in his life revolved around the things he was passionate about: his family, the outdoors, and sports, even choosing to become a referee for the IHSAA just to keep himself involved in the game after his sons were done playing sports in school.

Nate was a beloved son and brother, an amazing father, adoring husband, and loyal friend. Gone way too soon, he will be missed by all.

Nate is survived by his wife, Amy; 2 sons, Dylan and Nick; his parents, Clarence and Marlene Stupka; siblings, Tim (Julie) Stupka, Jane Bauman, Steve Stupka, and Carrie (Austin) Ballentine; father and mother in-law, Jon and Alice Struthers; brother in-law, Jon (Connie) Struthers Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nate Stupka Memorial Classic. A crappie fishing tournament to be held at Lake Red Rock this spring, in Nate's honor.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sending deepest sympathy to all of Nate's family. We are from Klemme, Ia. originally and friends of Daisy Schwitchtenberg of Garner, Iowa.

Ron and Beverly Hummel
Ankeny, Ia.

Posted by Ronald and Beverly Hummel - ANKENY, IA   October 19, 2020

My thoughts & prayers are with each of you as you cope with your profound loss. Nate is no longer with you, but he also has risen, praise God. Nate clearly left his mark on each of your hearts & he will be reflected in you as long as you each shall live.
Denise, Enes & Peter Logli

Posted by Denise Jones (Logli)    October 17, 2020

I met Nate at Slater Elementary. Together, we moved to Kelley Elementary and onto BHS. He looked out for me and cared about me. The world is sadder without him and his big smile in it. My heart goes out to Amy, the boys and all of his family and close friends. It is clear there were many. I pray that God wraps his arms around them and gives them peace.

Posted by Melanie Fausch - Urbandale, IA - Friend   October 17, 2020

As I've read all the FB, Caring Bridge, memory posts I am in awe of
the impact Nate had on all of our lives. This is the testament of one man and the thread he wove through us all. Amy, Nick and Dylan ... The Stupka Clan and The Struther's Clan ... I send love and light in these hours of darkness. I am just one of many who have had the privilege to be able to laugh, cry, argue and thoroughly enjoy Nate Stupka.
I will miss you Big Kahuna ... I look forward to seeing you again.
Till then .... Godspeed
Love and light, Cheryl

Posted by Cheryl Grimm - East Troy, WI - Family Friend   October 16, 2020

There are no words. Please know I send my love, light, and healing energy to you. With much love

Posted by Cheryl Grimm - East Troy, WI - Family Friend   October 16, 2020

My heart goes out to the Stupkas and the Struthers families. Nate always went to bat for me when my chips were down and always had a way to lighten up a dark day. Working for him at Grace Track and then under the H.E. Parts merger had made me realize how important it was to just stick with it. We are all better people for having even known the man. Rest easy Sir.

Posted by Steven Snyder - Claremore, OK - Coworker   October 16, 2020

Tom and I are so saddened by Nate's death. I've known Nate since he and Amy were dating and remember how excited she was for the wedding and for the birth of her boys. Nate, Amy and the boys joined us on our boat on the Mississippi and we had Bing Cherry pit spitting contests that had us all laughing. (The boys won)! Nate was full of love and life and it showed in how Happy Amy was and how kind and loving his boys are. Our hearts are heavy for you but we both count ourselves lucky that we had the privilege of knowing him.


Posted by Laura Kelly Gorman - Stillwater, MN - Family Friend   October 15, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Sending our love,

Kevin, Denise, Courtney, Nadia, Patrick, Justin

Posted by Kevin & Denise McCann - Burke, VA - Friend   October 14, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences for you, the boys and the rest of your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Norah Price - Highland Park, IL - Friend   October 14, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences for you, the boys and the rest of your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Norah Price - Friend   October 14, 2020