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Vartan Kupelian

August 26, 1946 August 20, 2020
Vartan Kupelian
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Age 73, peacefully passed away on August 20, 2020

Vartan was born on August 26, 1946 in Stuttgart, Germany and is the son of the late Sarkis and Lucie Kupelian. He married the love of his life, Betty on June 19, 1971 and together they welcomed daughter Lisa in 1976.

Beloved brother of Peter Bedig Kupelian and sister-in-law Kathy, along with niece Lauren Lucie and nephew Pierce Benjamin.

Cherished brother-in-law to James Hachigan and Nancy Der-Stepanian, and nephew Brian Der-Stepanian.

Treasured cousin to Susie (Navasart) Mardoyan, Janet Zennedjian, Armen (Tina) Zennedjian, Serop (Yolanda) Zennedjian and Mike (Tracy) Zennedjian.

Vartan will be missed by many loving members of the Kupelian, Zennedjian, Hachigan, Der-Stepanian, Der-Garabedian, Haroutunian, Garbooshian, Malkasian and Minasaganian families, loyal friends, respected colleagues and the sports community from around the globe.

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A private funeral service will be held this week, with a memorial gathering to take place at a later date. May his soul rest in peace.

Vartan’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory be made to:

St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church (Dearborn, MI) or

Michigan Golf Hall of Fame – make online donations at or mail donation to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, PO Box 421, Dexter, MI 48130, made payable to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame or

GAM Foundation – make online donations at or mail donation to GAM Foundation, 39255 Country Club Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48331, payable to GAM Foundation.

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