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William “Bill” Edward Shoup, 91

Orrville – William “Bill” Edward Shoup, age 91, of Orrville passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 6, at the OrrVilla Maple Terrace assisted-living facility.
Bill was born on March 23, 1932, in Orrville, Ohio, to the late Lee and Irene (Simpkins) Shoup and graduated from Orrville High School in 1950.  He married Dorothy M. (Steiner) Shoup (deceased) on November 3, 1957.  Bill and Dorothy celebrated 65 years of marriage in 2022, prior to her earthly departure later that year.  Bill was a farmer all of his life. He eventually was promoted to the title of “farm supervisor” which he conducted through the window of his 1989 red Dodge truck.  Employees and local businesses were always glad to see him when he stopped by for conversation and a cup of coffee. Bill was also a long-distance truck driver for Orrville Products, Inc. for nearly 15 years.
Bill was a very social person.  The saying “bloom where you are planted” comes to mind, and that is exactly what happened at OrrVilla Maple Terrace. The family wishes to thank OrrVilla for the array of activities in which he could participate and the excellent care he received as a resident.
Bill was a member of Orrville Christian Church where he served in various capacities throughout the years and participated in the Growing Christians Sunday School Class. He was also a member of Southside Christian Church in Sarasota, FL, where he and Dorothy wintered for many years.  In Sarasota, he enjoyed fishing, shuffleboard, and socializing with many Wayne County and Ohio friends. Bill was a member of the National Farmers Organization and the Northeast Ohio Pork Producers. He volunteered to serve in the Army in the 1950s and was stationed in Alaska. He and Dorothy traveled throughout North America, including all 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico. They also visited Australia, New Zealand and many countries in Europe and South America. A highlight of their travels was that Bill and Dorothy were able to visit the Holy Land and Egypt twice. He was able to experience the Pan-American Highway while in Alaska and later drove the highway at the extreme tip of South America. Bill always preferred driving over flying so he could see everything from “here to there.” If he saw a location that interested him, he would just drive in and say “Hi, I’m Bill Shoup from Ohio.  Would you show me what you do here?”  No one was a stranger for long.
Fishing was another social activity that Bill loved. He fished in Florida, Alaska, Patagonia, Chile and for 71 straight years in Ontario, Canada, at Rice Lake.He rarely fished alone, always filling the boat with family and friends. He was an avid euchre player. When Bill was younger, he played various sports and later became a spectator and fan while attending sporting events of his family. He preferred being outdoors, and recently he would spend as much time as possible outside just taking in the sights no matter how cold the weather.
Surviving are six children, Cindy (Doug) Sidle, Dave (Alona) Shoup, Dean (Susan) Shoup, Jenny (John Paul) Shoup Lloyd-Clare, Doug (Diane) Shoup, and Don (Jody) Shoup; seventeen grandchildren, Jared Sidle, Jonathan (Jessica) Sidle, Jillian (Darrell) Mosley, Sara Shoup, Matt Shoup, Lindsay (Aaron) Tournoux, Elizabeth (Seth) Wilkerson, Katie (Jason) Nussle, Chris (Mary) Shoup, Coulson Lloyd-Clare, Kalee Lloyd-Clare, Ross (Rachel) Shoup, Ellie (Jonathon) Beam, Nessa (Adam) Rehm, Mallory (Quinn) Holcomb, Jake (Alyssa) Shoup, Joel (Bethany) Shoup; 15 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way; two sisters, Elinore Myers and Arlene (Glenn) Jambor; brother-in-law, Ben Mackenzie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Robert Shoup; sister, Marlene Mackenzie; brothers-in-law Keith Myers and Pete Stamberger; and sister-in-law, Clara Jean Shoup.
Friends may call on Saturday, December 16, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm or on Sunday, December 17, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm at Orrville Christian Church, 925 North Elm Street, Orrville.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, at the church, with Pastors John Mulpas and Tom Ledford officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southside Christian Church 4111 Webber St, Sarasota, FL 34232, Orrville Christian Church Mission Fund 925 North Elm Street, Orrville, OH 44667 https://www.orrville.church/, OrrVilla 333 E. Sassafras Street, Orrville, OH 44667 https://www.orrvilla.org/donate or The Wayne County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, 377 West Liberty Street, Wooster, OH, 44691, www.ohiofarmbureaufoundation.donate.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.

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