Arthur E. Shoup

Arthur E. Shoup

Arthur Eugene Shoup “Art” age 84 passed away Wednesday November 2, 2016 in Plainwell.

He was born February 12, 1932 in Kalamazoo the son of Percy and Maude Shoup. He served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War where he was a machine gunner on the front lines for 8 months. Art had worked for Harding’s Market for 34 years and then opened Shoup’s Party Store in Otsego which he owned and operated from 1980 until his retirement in 2000. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, working and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family. On July 15, 1950 in Portage he married Barbara Salisbury who survives.

Also surviving are 5 children; Sherry (Michael) Leslie of Elkhart, IN, Susan (Burdette “Bob”) Smith of Marcellus, Rick (Marjorie) Shoup of Rockford, Peggy (Steven) Brinkart of Otsego and Michael (Lori) Shoup also of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Fred, Rosie and Don. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Art’s family Monday, November 7, 2016 starting at 10:00 the Winkel Funeral Home until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

A graveside service will follow at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Art may be made to Wounded Warriors Project.

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  1. Yvonne slater says:

    Just sending my thoughts and prayers to the family. I’VE known the family for about 40 to 50 years. I know it’s a hard time f I r rhe family but just remember the good times and know he is in a better place. God bless.

  2. LaRayne Sweet says:

    Barb… I’m so sorry to hear the passing of are in my prayers..

  3. Monica Cook Henry says:

    To Barb and Mikey and all the Shoup family my sincerest sympathy! Your husband/dad brought alot of smiles to alot of faces i have found memories when i was little walking there to get candy and when i got older stopping in to chat with Art and get lunch! Prayers of peace to you all!

  4. Martha (Jager) Bronsink says:

    My sympathy to the entire Shoup family. My prayers are for the Lord to comfort you at this time. Good memories of fun times with your family from working for Art at Hardings in the bakery with Barb.

  5. Roxi bradshaw says:

    Barb and family. Sorry to hear about Art. He was a super great man. Tought me a lot about retail and enjoyed his life stories. Sending my love and prayers to you. Roxi.

  6. Patti Owens says:

    You became a sweet part of this community of people. Rest In Peace, Art.

  7. Jennifer Himmelein says:

    So many memories. hot dogs and candy pop in glass bottle he would take the tops off for us. RIP Mr. Shoup

  8. Amy pfau says:

    Prayers for your loss

  9. Terri and Garry Parrish says:

    Peggy and family, we are so sorry to hear about Art. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you.

  10. Karen Myers ( Town ) says:

    I’m sorry for your loss he was a good man ! He will be missed !

  11. Karen Myers ( Town ) says:

    I’m sorry for your loss !

  12. Tiffany says:

    I only worked at Lifecare for a short while, and even though I do not work there anymore, he was a great guy. Made me laugh and was nice to work with. It’s crazy how even the shortest of time people can touch your life. Rest in peace, Art.

  13. Gilbert Newton says:

    Art was so great, friendly everytime us newton kids would come into the store. He would always ask me hows your old man doing. And barb well she was always sweet and kind. I have fond memories of your family and our prayers and condolences to you all from the Newton family.

  14. I’m so sorry for your loss

  15. George & Carol Hoffman says:

    Art and his store was a wonderful part of the community when we were young working people and parents. We talk about his donuts to this day and have yet to find any that rival his. The search continues. Our condolences to the family of this fine man.

  16. Karen Wiggins says:

    Barb …my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family!!

  17. Jim & Tammy (Thompson) Drake says:

    Prayers for all of the Shoup Family and Friends, so sorry to hear, Mr. Art Shoup sure put a smile on your face, Thank you for being a Big part of Otsego!! My heart is with you all!!

  18. Mike Thomson says:

    The store was right around the corner from where I grew up and I can say I have been there a time or two thousand, Art was a wonderful person with a great smile. God blessed you Barb.

  19. Annette Crawford Liskovec says:

    Sorry for your loss!! Art was such a kind hearted man!!! My thoughts are with all of you at this time!!

  20. Sandy Holden says:

    Art was a beautiful soul that I had the pleasure of visiting with many times over the last 30 plus years !!
    Hugs to Barb and all the family!! Heaven certainly gained a Awesome Angel ❤❤❤

  21. Mary Beauchamp says:

    Hugs to you and your family,Iam so sorry for your loss,wonderful man we will all miss him. I will come and see you Barb.

  22. Sally Tomlinson says:

    Barb…..I am holding you close in my heart and prayers. So sorry……..

  23. Dave & Jeanne Myers says:

    Dear Barb, you’re in our prayers. You two were an awesome team and inseparable couple. We’ve always looked up to you two. Wish we weren’t so far away. God is with you cousin ♡

  24. Mary Henderson says:

    Art you were a treasure! Before both of my children worked for you, I always enjoyed stopping and grabbing a few items- and always getting a smile and greeting. You made everyone feel special.
    When James and then Laura worked for you, they had great respect for you. It made each of them stronger.
    Thank you

  25. Sue Hopper says:

    Art was a great Guy. He will be sadly missed. God Bless the family.

  26. Alison Harris says:

    sorry about everything happen to him

  27. ken and kathy smith says:

    to Sue and Bob, Sue were sorry for the loss of your father and prayers for your family during this time.

  28. Ellyn Deneau says:

    I always stopped in Shoups every sunday to get donuts for my Sunday School Class. Art was always there with a smile and a
    “Young Lady” for me. His smile and kindness will be missed by many, and never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Art. and God Bless you Mike and Lori and your family as celebrate the life of this
    amazing man.

  29. Bryon and Kim Sheldon, Fairhope, AL says:

    Barb, Mike and family, so sorry for your loss. Art was a great man. Everyone who stopped into Shoup’s loved talking to him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

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