April 1, 1945 ~ June 3, 2020

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Obituary

Harry James Dupree made his world debut on April 1, 1945. He was the third of four children born to Sylvester Dupree Sr. and Bernice Dupree. He was raised in a loving Christian family where he received Christ and was baptized at an early age. He attended First Baptist Church North Indianapolis where he was a faithful member for almost 50 years.

He attended IPS #10 and #4 and later attended Shortridge High school, where he took an interest in art and broadcasting. After graduating from Shortridge High school in 1963, Harry attend John Herron School of Art and became an accomplished artist. Harry then began working at American United Life Insurance Company. His employment was interrupted due to being drafted into the United States Army. Harry was deployed to Vietnam where he fought from 1966-1967, earning the prestigious Purple Heart award for his heroic efforts. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Harry returned to Indianapolis where he resumed working for AUL.

Throughout his life, Harry’s interests were diverse. He was a student at Career Academy Broadcasting where he studied radio and television broadcasting in the early seventies. He also performed in the theatrical group Soul People Repertory. Harry was a talented artist and loved listening to music, singing, sports, traveling, metropolitan development, and socializing in his free time.

Harry retired from AUL in 2011, after 47 years of employment. In addition to the AUL, Harry also faithfully served the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Indianapolis for over 24 years. Harry was an active member of Zion Hope Baptist Church for many years where he loved singing in the choir and serving in other auxiliaries.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Sylvester Dupree Jr. In 2003 Harry met his wife Doris Simmons through mutual friends Harold and Sharon Jiles. They fell in love and were married at Zion Hope Baptist Church in 2006. Harry leaves behind his loving wife Doris, two sons (Brandon and Robert), one daughter (Shannon), one brother (Dale) one sister (Joyce), six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Harry never met a stranger and leaves behind many friends and co-workers.

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  1. I had the pleasure of working with Harry at OneAmerica and he was a wonderful person to be around. He was an all around great guy and a pleasure to work with. This is very sad news. RIP Harry! My condolences to the family!

  2. I worked with Harry at OneAmerica. He was seriously one of the nicest men you will ever meet. Truly genuine and sincere. I would see him delivering mail and packages and he was always, always very cordial and pleasant. May He provide his family comfort during this time and may Harry Rest In Peace. God Bless.

  3. RIH Harry! You were a blessing to all those you met! My deepest sympathy and prayers for family and friends!

  4. I also worked with Harry at OneAmerica. He was a very kind man. I always enjoyed our conversations. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

  5. I also worked with Harry at OneAmerica. He was such a great guy- A kind man -always had a smile on his face and just a pleasure to be around. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends – such a great loss!

  6. I’ve known Harry from back to the old days at AUL at the old building. He and my late husband were the best if friends at work always joking with each other. I know they will be back at it again now. Heaven has gained another great guy. Rest In Peace Harry. 💔

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. Harry was a great man and loved by all who knew him. I had the pleasure of working with Harry at OneAmerica, he will be missed.

  8. Harry, you were one of the nicest, coolest guys I ever worked with.
    You were like family to us at OneAmerica.
    Rest in Peace.

  9. I was so saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. I, too, saw him each day at OneAmerica when he delivered the mail. He was such a blessing to talk with. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face with a kind word to share. Prayers lifted for Harry and his family at this difficult time. He was a good man and will be missed.

  10. I worked with Harry for several years at OneAmerica. He was a very nice man and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.

  11. I worked with Harry in the mail room back when it was called AUL. He was a very nice and sweet man. I remember you could ask him what artist recorded what song from the fifties and he knew them all.

  12. I had the pleasure of working for many years with Harry at OneAmerica. He had such a infectious smile! Never once did I ever hear him complain or seem frustrated. He was always a ray of sunshine! This is such a loss. My deepest condolences to the family.

  13. I also had the pleasure of working with Harry for many years at OneAmerica and he was the sweetest man! Last fall I ran into Harry at the Marriott during a OA meeting. He lit up seeing so many familiar faces – it was like a family reunion. He will be missed….

  14. Harry always had a smile on his face when you saw him at OneAmerica. He made you feel better with that wonderful smile. RIH, Harry. My condolences to the family on your loss. He made a lot of people smile.

  15. Harry was always a wonderful friend of the family and a dedicated co worker. He will be missed tremendously.

  16. His smile brought so much joy to us all at OneAmerica. Very sorry for your loss, he touched many lives with joy and smile.

  17. I know Harry is in Heaven with other family members and he finally met Jesus. Harry was one in a million. He was a man of God and a true friend. I will miss his friendship. I knew him since 1987 from AUL.

  18. I worked with Harry at OneAmerica. He smiled all the time and was the nicest man. He could always make me smile and laugh every time he stopped at my desk. My prayers and condolences to his family over their loss. He will be missed.

  19. I was so shocked to hear that Harry had passed yesterday. He was truly a nice guy to be around everyday. Every time that I saw him he had a smile on his face. I saw Harry at the One America Tower a few months ago. And he was that same guy that he always was. Harry Dupree was truly one in a million and he will be greatly missed. Rest in piece Harry!

  20. Saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Harry! He was always a guy that had a smile on his face and didn’t ever seem to have a bad day. I work with him many years at One America and enjoyed his presence and can truly call him a friend! He will be dearly missed by his colleges here. Rest In Peace my friend!!

  21. I worked with Harry at One America for many years. It was always a pleasure being in his company and having conversations. As many of you already know, Harry had a very pleasant and calm demeanor. Always approachable and never seemed to have a bad day. He was a good man. I will miss you my friend. Rest in Peace

  22. I am so very sorry for your loss and I was so sad to learn of Harry’s passing.

    Harry was a great person. I enjoyed seeing his smile every single day at OneAmerica when he would bring the mail around. Such a kind and gentle soul–always with a positive comment and a smile to share. God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

  23. CHIP BUNDRANT :
    TO THE DUPREE FAMILY : SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BROTHER
    HARRY DUPREE. I WILL CONTINUE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
    GOD BLESS YOU. PS. ANY THING THAT I CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR
    FAMILY CALL ME

  24. I have known Harry for many years working at OneAmerica. We started when the company was American United Life (AUL). Harry has always a pleasure to be with and if you were down, he would extend a caring heart to you and let you know that things would be better tomorrow. Harry’s smile always gave me joy through the day. My thoughts and prayers go to Harry and his family during this difficult time.

  25. I was greatly saddened when I heard of Harry’s passing. He was always so friendly, always smiling! I will truly miss his face at Zion Hope Church. To my sister Doris: You are continually in my prayers. May God grant you strength and peace!

  26. I was a neighbor (attached condo) of Harry and Doris’ for many years and then my parents became their neighbors. I was devastated to hear of his passing. I wondered why I hadn’t seen him in a while. Harry would always wave, say hi, chat as time allowed. It is true he never knew a stranger. He was always so sweet, kind, gentle and considerate. One of the best people I have ever met. I wish I had gotten to know Harry and Doris better. Life just is so busy…then regrets. My thoughts and prayers are with Doris and family always.

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