Robert C. Shoup lost his battle with cancer and peacefully passed from this earth surrounded by family on February 25, 2020. When diagnosed with cancer in October 2019, our father decided to have his funeral while he was still alive so he could enjoy it. He always loved a good party. The following are the obituary he wrote and his comments from that occasion:
“I was born on a farm out in I-O-Way” on April 9, 1927, to Raymond C. and Bertha Caroline (Rickert) Shoup.
“I made the best decision of my life and married Rosemary Teresa Bantle on June 26, 1954. We raised five children – Bob, Kathy, Mike, John, and Jim. I have been blessed with 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, but I have to admit that all my children are great!
“I passed the certified public accountant exams in the spring of 1963. The family relocated to ‘beautiful, beautiful Winona, Minnesota,’ on August 23, 1963, so I could work for Peerless Chain Company.
“In January 1968, I formed a partnership with Ray Poferl to launch our own accounting firm. I retired in June 1986, and, for the remaining years, Rosemary and I continued to enjoy travel, family, and friends until her passing on July 13, 2018, after 64 years of marriage. I miss her every day and look forward to seeing her again.
“To my friends: So many shared memories through the years. The joys of celebrating births, graduations, and weddings. The sorrows of passing loved ones. You made life much fuller and meaningful for both Rosemary and me. Thank you.
“To my children: A full house of children is a blessing from God. We are so pleased and proud of each of you. A couple naturally loves their children, but it is a double honor when they can like and enjoy each of them. Being a father has and is the greatest joy of my life and thank you for making it such an enjoyable experience and being children that make me proud to be called father.
“To my grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Wow, what can I say? Rose and I sure love you. As you will learn, life can throw you many curveballs, but with faith, friends, and family, I learned that things have a way of working out and become what we make of them. My advice is work hard, play hard, laugh hard, and keep family central.”
Rest in peace, Dad. You are loved and will be missed.