December 18, 1929 -- September 7, 2019
John Joseph Shoup, 89, lifelong resident of Middlebury, died at 11:00 pm on
Saturday, September 7, at Greenleaf Health Campus, Elkhart. He was born on
December 18, 1929 in Middlebury, to Branston and Gertrude (Young) Shoup.
On October 9, 1949 in Middlebury he married Margaret Ann Schrock; she
survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are daughter, Rebecca (Paul)
Schowe of Kendallville; two sons, Dan (Robin) Shoup, Matt (Dee) Shoup both
of Middlebury; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Dr. Kyle) English, John B.
Shoup, Megan (Aaron) Fisher, Dr. Elizabeth Schowe, Samantha (Jordan)
Miller, Matthew Schowe, Ian Schowe, Kayla (Brad) Minnis, Chelsea Yoder; 11
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three
sisters, Janice Robinson, Dorothy Blough, and Marjorie Woosley. He was a
member of First United Methodist Church of Middlebury. John was the owner
operator of Cardinal Buses, which has been a family business since 1923. He
served as past board member for United Motor Coach Association, past
president of Air Ground Transportation, and as a founding member and past
president of O’Hare Intercity Bus Association. He was also president and
board member of the Middlebury Town Council and was a member of the
George Washington Lodge 325 F. & A. M., Bristol. He was a member of the
Scottish Rite, Valley of South Bend and Orak Shrine. He was also a member
of the Crystal Valley Exchange Club of Middlebury and was instrumental in
the founding of the Boys and Girls Club of Middlebury, where he served on
the board of directors. He was a Commissioner of the Elkhart County
Convention and Visitors Bureau, past member of the Middlebury Fire
Department and a founding member of the Middlebury Civil Defense.
Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 and 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday,
September 11 at First United Methodist Church, Middlebury with a Masonic
Service to follow. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:30
am funeral service on Thursday, September 12, also at the church. Services
will be conducted by Pastor Ron Russell. Burial will be in Grace Lawn
Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to the Middlebury Boys &
~ ~ ~ ~ Online Condolences ~ ~ ~ ~
We only met John and his wife recently at Pastor Russell's Church. I'm
certain he would not remember me or my wife but he made a lasting
impression on us that has been an inspiration. I also spoke to John each
week at our Exchange Club meeting where he always had a positive attitude
and a kind word. Poor health did not diminish Johns drive to serve, provide
his ability where possible and to be present regardless of any infliction he
was experiencing. What a true a motivational leader, servant and inspiration!
From: Larry Russell
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So sorry to hear of your fathers passing last night! Did not realize how much
he was involved in civic organizations throughout his life! What an awesome
role model he was for all of you! Praying for all of you as I know how much he
meant to you all.
From: Nancy Kelly
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He was such a sweet fella and was always enjoyable to talk to. We are so
sorry for your family. May all of your wonderful memories help carry you
through the days ahead. Our love and prayers are with you.
From: Tim and Anita Hess
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My thought's and prayer's I send to you.So sorry for your loss.
From: Tammi Carter
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My father was Wilson Elliott Shoup (dod 2003). His father and my grandfather
was Merl Shoup who was married to Mary Shoup. John's father was Merl's
brother Branston. I remember hearing stories about SHOUP Bus Line (which
became Cardinal Busses. John was much younger than my father but he
was very fondly remembered. On behalf of the Angola Shoups please accept
our sincere condolences for the loss of a wonderful man.
From: Kim Elliott Shoup
John J. Shoup