Obituary for David Haupt

David Lee Haupt, 76, of Auburndale passed away and joined the Lord on Saturday, December 25, 2021.

David was born to Frank John Haupt and Anna Lucia (Unertl) Haupt on November 25, 1945.  He was the youngest of eight children, with four older brothers and three older sisters.  He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Auburndale through the 8th grade and then Auburndale High School, graduating in 1963.  From a very early age, he showed leadership and a determination to make the world a better place for all those around him.

David started working in the family business, Haupt Well & Pump Co, Inc., at a young age and through his school years.  Following graduation, he attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point for a bit, but ultimately decided that his calling was to follow in his father’s footsteps and he made the water well industry his life’s work.  David felt a strong devotion to country as well, so he enlisted in the US Army in 1963 where he served active duty for six years.  He was a proud Veteran and a strong supporter of the United States Armed Forces.

David met the love of his life, Julianne Hilda (Selberg) in 1963, and there was no turning back.  They were joined in marriage at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Marshfield on December 2nd, 1967.  Together, they forged a solid family and were blessed with four children – Rachael (1969), Bridget (1973), Travis (1975), and Jarvis (1977).  David was a family man first and foremost, and it is that for which he was most proud.  His favorite times were spent with his wife Julie, with his children, and with his grandchildren.

The second passion of David’s life was his work – providing ground water.  He managed the family business for well over 50 years, together with his brothers (Ed and Don) until their retirement and then later with his nephews (Greg and Alan) and his daughter Rachael.  Haupt Well & Pump Co., Inc. provided water to thousands throughout the state of Wisconsin during David’s career.  He led several, and was part of many more, innovations and advancements of the water well industry during that time.  David earned the distinction of “Master Ground Water Contractor” from the National Ground Water Association in 1989, only the 2nd person in Wisconsin and the 43rd person nationwide to have achieved that distinction then.  In 2019, the Wisconsin Water Well Association presented him with a “Lifetime Member Award,” to recognize all that he contributed to the Association and to the field.

David was also one of the longest standing Village Presidents that Auburndale has ever seen.  He served in that capacity for nearly 37 years (1985 – present).  Through his tenure and under his insightful leadership, the village changed significantly and for the better in many ways.

David was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers (Sylvester, Ed, Don, and Bob), and one sister (Mary).  He is survived by two sisters (Dorothy and Betty) and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife Julie, his four children – Rachael (Tom) Harrington of Marshfield, Bridget Haupt of Huntersville NC, Travis (Stacey) Haupt of Kronenwetter, and Jarvis (Christina) Haupt of Lakeville MN, and his seven grandchildren who all miss him dearly, and who were taught many very valuable skills and life lessons as only Dad and Grandpa could do.  He will be remembered as a selfless and loving husband, father, grandfather, advisor, and friend.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family and condolences may be sent online to

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