Harold Paul Hupp was born on March 11, 1932, to Albert and Opal (Forster) Hupp in Gordon, Nebraska, at the old hospital. He joined 3 brothers: Vern, Orville (Doc), and Eugene (Pete). He grew up 10 miles east and 1.5 miles south of Gordon in a house with no running water and attended the former Hay Creek Country School. The four boys would either walk the 2 miles across pastures or ride horseback to get to school.
During junior high and high school in Gordon