Harvey Chupp, 77, died peacefully at home on Friday, surrounded by
his family, after an 11-month struggle with cancer.
Harvey was born in Thomas, Oklahoma, on June 20, 1937, to Malinda
(Wingard) and Levi Chupp. He was married to his wife of 52 years,
Carolyn (Myers) Chupp, on July 28, 1962 at Salem Mennonite Church,
New Paris. She survives along with three children, Brenda Chupp
(Kent Hershberger) of Mishawaka, IN, Nancy Chupp (Ron Krabill) of
Seattle, WA, and Gary Chupp (Melissa) of Goshen, IN; seven
grandchildren; three brothers, Samuel (Donna) Chupp of Peoria, AZ,
Leroy (Shirley) Chupp of Portland, OR, and Melvin (Beth) Chupp of
Hagerstown, MD; four sisters, Mary Lou (Arlin) Martin of Greencastle,
PA, Linda (Ernest) Hostetler of Middlebury, IN, Dorothy (Wendell)
Hoover of Nappanee, IN, and Carol (Doug) Keener of State Line, PA;
and one brother-in-law, Robert Bender of Kirkwood, PA. He was
preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Viola Bender.
After graduating from Nappanee High School, Harvey became a
conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, serving in the 1-W
program in Indianapolis. He then attended Ontario Mennonite Bible
Institute in Kitchener, which became his inspiration for life-long
ministry. Harvey attended Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary.
Over a span of 30 years, Harvey served four Mennonite
congregations (Burr Oak, Gospel Hill, Shore, and North Goshen) as
pastor. He was also instrumental in helping to create Menno-Hof, an
Amish and Mennonite visitors’ center; the Depot, a resource center
for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Goshen; and Menno-Clinic
India, a medical facility in Chiluvuru, India.
Harvey also served the larger Mennonite church in many ways,
including as overseer of several Mennonite churches and serving on
three Mennonite Central Committee boards.
After retiring from pastoral ministry, he became owner of the Bread
Box Bakery in Shipshewana and the Pie Pantry in Goshen. He was an
avid golfer and enjoyed helping the Amish community with taxi work.
Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday,
February 15, at Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka. A memorial
service will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 16, at Shore
Mennonite Church, Shipshewana. Officiating will be the Rev. Gene
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Menno-Clinic India
(Menno-Clinic India, Inc.
1900 S 600 W., Topeka, IN 46571) or Menno-Hof (Menno-Hof, PO Box
701, Shipshewana, Ind., 46565).
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Condolences: I have fond memories of Harvey & his Son Gary...He
will be missed.
From: Edna Ringler
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May God provide strength and peace for the family at this time.
Harvey strengthened the faith of our family while at the Burr Oak
church. He was very loved.
From: the family of Marcos Reyes
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My name is Theresa Parham from LaGrange. I gasped when I saw
Harvey's obituary. I didn't realize he had cancer. I'm so sorry for
your loss. I met Harvey thru my Father-in-Law as he noticed Harvey
and I kinda talked the same. I also have Spasmodic Dysphonia. We
met at the Wanna Cup some years back and discussed this. I just
saw him this past summer at the Rise N Roll and introduced myself
again to him. Again, my Condolences to your family. May the Lord
comfort you thru this time.
From: Theresa Parham
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I and my wife got to know Harvey & Carolyn @ Little Eden during Golf
Week. He was a comedian at its best and a Christian all the time. We
will miss him very much
From: Cork & Patsy Nofziger
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Thoughts and Prayers going out to all of you tho we know Harvey is
in a much better place and out of pain, He will still be missed. Always
liked to visit your home when you lived on Morton Street, Harvey did
a lot of things and meant a lot to people you may not even know.
Remember all the good times you have had with you dad and
husband. Please know my thoughts are with you Brenda,Nancy,and
Gary and Carolyn.
From: Kris (Nelson) Bontrager and Husband Randy
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He will be missed by so many including myself. Wish I could be there
for his memorial, however in California for the winter. My thoughts
and prayers are with you all.
From: Sarah Kilmer