David Hall Shoup

Aug 15, 2012 Staff

David Hall Shoup, 89, Fremont County's last Pearl Harbor veteran, died Aug. 13, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Davis Funeral Home, with father Allen Lambert Officiating. Military rites will follow at Mountain View Cemetery conducted by the Friday-Truan Detachment No. 683 Marine Corp League and the Wyoming National Guard. Viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Davis Funeral Home.

David Hall Shoup was born April 28, 1923, to Perry and Mary Shoup in El Dorado, Kan.

He was raised in Muskogee, Okla., and attended John Brown Academy in Sulphur Springs, Ark., and John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., where he met Dorothy Annetta Coday.

They married May 17, 1944, in Tulsa, Okla. They had three children, David Lee Shoup, born in Tulsa, Okla., James Fredrick Shoup, born in Camp Campbell, Ky., and Mary Sue Shoup, born in Pampa, Texas.

The family moved to Riverton from Pampa, Texas, in November 1956.

Mr. Shoup joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the U.S. Combat Engineers as a lieutenant until 1948. At that time he was released from the service.

He was employed by British American Oil Co., in Pampa, Texas, and was transferred to Riverton in November 1956. He later retired from Union Carbide.

His family said he was an avid hunter, fisher, barber shop quartet member and singer. He sang at the Methodist Church for at least 40 years and sang solos there. He was also involved in the community chorus when it was still active. His singing ended when he was affected with Glossopharyngeal neuralgia, which affected the nerves in his tongue and neck.

He built model airplanes for many years and was an airplane enthusiast, having been a part of the original Modeler's Park, founded north of Riverton. He owned his own Luscomb airplane for a short time.

Mr. Shoup was an active member of the VFW, American Legion and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He served as Commander of local VFW 3628 and was Commander of District 7.

He is survived by his sons, David Lee Shoup of Worland and James Fredrick Shoup of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter Mary Sue Shoup of Riverton; grandchildren Brian James Shoup, Eric Lee Shoup, Peter James Shoup, Dawn Ann Shoup and Jimmy Shoup; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Gann, Bobby Gann and Dillon Shoup; great-great-grandchildren Devon Shoup and Davian Shoup.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy.

Memorial donations would be appreciated to The Pearl Harbor Survivors Fund or The Fremont County Veterans Assistance Fund in care of Davis Funeral Home.

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