Ralph Shupp, Kalas retiree, dies at 100

By on February 8, 2012

Ralph K. ShuppRalph K. Shupp

Ralph K. Shupp, 100, formerly of Denver, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at the Brethren Village in Lancaster surrounded by loving family.

Born in Red Run (near Denver) on April 17, 1911, to the late Henry and Anna Taylor Shupp, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Heisey Shupp, to whom he was married for 65 years.

Raised on a small farm in Red Run, Ralph attended a one-room country school as a youth. In addition to his parents his immediate family consisted of six brothers and a sister, all of whom preceded him in death: Paul, Arthur, Harry, Walter, William, Edna (Weber) and Raymond. He was not the only centenarian in his family. His mother lived to be 100, brother Arthur lived to the age of 102, and his other siblings lived well into their 80s and late 90s.

Ralph was known by family and friends for being a hard worker from early on in life. As a boy he did his share of work on the family farm, and at the age of 16, he went to work in the Blue Line silk mill in Denver. When he and Evelyn married in 1940 they opened a small grocery store in Denver which they operated for about 25 years until, as Ralph would often reminisce, "We lost out to the big boys." He finished his working career upon retirement from Kalas Manufacturing in Denver. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing from the time of his youth and especially looked forward to spending time in his orchard where he grew many varieties of fruit and tended a large vegetable garden. He also enjoyed collecting coins and antiques, with a special emphasis on collecting and repairing old clocks. Active most of his life, he was still splitting his own fire wood well into his 80s. He was an active member of the Mohler Church of the Brethren since his marriage and served his church in various capacities.

Ralph and Evelyn had five children: Barbara Shupp, of Lancaster; Nancy, wife of Tobias Rohrer, of East Petersburg; Susan, wife of Michael Morrow, of Palmyra; David, husband of Jeannine (Richman) Pinehurst, of North Carolina; and Michael, husband of Wendy (Ginder), of Denver; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in the chapel of the Brethren Village on Feb. 4, following a private interment service in the Mohler Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Brethren Village Benevolent Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606 or Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com. More SHUPP, page A11

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