Mr. Jerome N. Shupe, 83 of Galesburg, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at 4:55 p.m. at Seminary Manor Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Rhodes Funeral Home, Brookfield. Visitation 12 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial in Park Lawn Memorial Gardens, Brookfield.
Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Parkview 7th Day Adventist Church or to the Charity of the donor’s choice. Acknowledgments to be sent to Kathey Helton at 105 W. North St. Knoxville, Ill. 61448. Online condolences may be left at www.rhodesfh.com.
He was born December 11, 1929, in Brookfield, son of Norton H. and Mary Martha (Newkirk) Shupe. He married Betty L. Mordedai on May 6, 1951, in Brookfield. She preceded him in death February 22, 2008.
He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1947. He was an engineer for CB & Q and Burlington Northern Railroads for 41 years retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Galesburg Parkview 7th Day Adventist Church. He had many hobbies the main one was working. He enjoyed woodworking, his hobby houses (rental property) but his main focus was family. Traveling to each home which he deemed the most important thing he could do since his retirement having nothing but time to share with those he loved. He was a very giving person to those that new him as he never met a stranger. He was quick to share his, beliefs, wisdom, and commitments. He was loved by all that knew him and was the greatest “Dad” and “PaPa” ever.
Jerome is survived by one son, Stephen J. and Geneva Shupe, Poplar Bluff; two daughters, Kathey and Rick Helton, Knoxville, Ill., and Becky and Rick Wigington, Clemmons, N.C.; a nephew, Roger Frakes Albuquerque, N.M.; and a granddaughter, Stacey and Matthew Peavy, Vienna, Ga., whom he and Betty raised; one brother, Orville and Carol Shupe, Rossville, Ga.; one sister, Juanita and John Goldman, Clovis, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, and one great great grandaughter.