One of five siblings, Aileen was born to Milton and Pauline Sallee in Marion, Kan., on July 31, 1932. Her family moved to Santa Ana shortly after World War II where she met her future husband. She and “Chuck” married on her 18th birthday, July 31, 1950.
In 1963, now with two young sons, Chuck and Aileen partnered with friends, Don and Colleen DeVol, and moved to Klamath, where they took ownership of the Panther Creek Lodge. As operators, their days were consumed by tending to the needs of their guests, which included cooking, cleaning, bartending and renting out fishing boats. After the lodge was tragically destroyed in the 1964 Christmas flood, they moved to Smith River, where they operated the Valley View Motel. Aileen was best known in Crescent City as the welcoming owner of Aileen’s Hobby House, a busy hub for local crafters and model builders.
Upon retiring, she and Chuck traveled extensively throughout the U.S. Aileen loved beachcombing and, in later years, especially enjoyed card-making, cross-stitch needlework and building miniature displays, many of which she entered in the county fair.
Aileen Hupp is survived by her husband, Charles; Dean Hupp of Sacramento; Ron Hupp of Ashland, Ore.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
As she wished, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to a charity of choice and deeply appreciates the outpouring of condolences they have received.