Thursday, July 19, 2007


John E. Cupps Jr., 83, died on July 11, 2007, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.

John was born on August 27, 1923 near Granby, Missouri to John "Emery" Cupps and Anna Trent Cupps.

He graduated from Granby High School in 1941 and entered the University of Missouri that same year. He attended the University until December 1942 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. John served with the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. In late 1944 he was wounded and returned to the mainland.

After his discharge in 1945, John returned to the University of Missouri and graduated in the summer of 1947 with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization. At the University he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Ruf-Nex. It was at the University he met his wife of 59 years, Maurine Epperly.

He is survived by his wife Maurine Epperly Cupps and three sons: John F. Cupps and his wife, Sandra of Shell Knob; Dr. David E. Cupps and his wife, Alice of Cassville and Donald L. Cupps and his wife, Mary of Cassville. He is also survived by one brother, Dr. Perry T. Cupps and his wife, Rayanne of Webster Groves; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

After his graduation from college, John worked as a teacher in the Veteran's Vocational Agriculture Program in Higginsville and Granby, Missouri, and as the assistant manager of New-Mac Electric Cooperative in Neosho. In 1955 he moved to Shell Knob to farm and go into business with his in-laws. Together they operated Epperly and Cupps General Store in Shell Knob and raised Hereford cattle.

John was active in the Central Crossing Fire Department, the University of Missouri Extension, Farm Bureau, the Lions Club and the VFW. He was one of the group of individuals who was instrumental in securing the funding for the Central Crossing Bridge in Shell Knob.

John was a Democrat and served for more than 20 years as a Committeeman. He was a member of the Shell Knob Church of Christ and had served as an Elder for the congregation. In his later years he worshipped with Mill Street congregation in Cassville.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Fair Haven Children's Home, 3132 Fair Haven Loop, Strafford, Missouri 65757 or the MU Alumni Scholarship-Barry County Scholarship Fund, Atten: Jason Mayer, 123 Reynolds Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211.

Visitation was 6-8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville with funeral services at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2007 at the Mill Street Church of Christ in Cassville.

Burial was at Hazel Green Cemetery, Boulder City, Missouri. Paid

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