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2000 47th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: 970-353-1212
Fax: 970-353-4881
John Shupe

John L. Shupe

Tuesday, September 21st, 1920 - Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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The 98+ years life of John L. Shupe will be celebrated Monday, June 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm, Generations Church. A pre-service video will begin at 1:45. A visitation and viewing will be held the night before, Sunday, June 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Adamson Life Celebration Home.

John moved to Greeley from Macomb, IL with his family at age eleven. He attended Greeley Central High where he met and married Maxine Cardwell. They were married 68 years before her passing in 2005. John served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY and San Antonio, TX in WWII.

In the late 1940s John bought and operated his first truck, and in 1951, teamed with his brother, Jack, to own and operate Shupe Brothers Trucking Company. The company’s blue and white trucks became a major contract carrier for Morton Salt Company in Salt Lake City; a major hauler of grain and feed for Farr Better Feeds; a major hauler of bentonite in the Glen Canyon Dam construction. The truck fleet expanded to include offices in Garden City, KS; Guymon, OK; Hereford, TX; Duncan, NE; and Billings, MT. From 1970-76 John developed with Ken Monfort, the Monfort of Colorado Transportation Company, a 100 truck fleet that John operated. The left lane of the interstates became known as the “Monfort Lane”. The new orange and yellow trucks, which were geared to travel at the 70 mph speed limit, could pass most of the trucks traveling the same routes across America. John continued his personal trucking business at 2600 Bypass in east Greeley, under Shupe Bros Trucking, developing into a 100 truck fleet. In 1987 John took over a trucking company, naming it DSCO, Drivers Services Company, a 200 truck fleet hauling products across the country. “Trucks move America!”

John’s other business ventures have been in land development in Weld County; a 2,500 acre farm in Yuma County; a 600 acre farm in west Greeley; developer, stockholder and director in area banking institutions; former partner in Greeley Finance Company; and a partner in Weld County Garage. He served on a number of community boards; Chamber of Commerce from 1965-70; a Rotarian since 1964; contributor to Will Rothman Family Chaplaincy Program at NCMC; Women’s Ministry Center of Greeley; United Way; contributed vehicles and equipment to the Independence Stampede; and numerous non-profit organizations.

Important in John’s life was his faith. His involvement at Greeley Wesleyan Church (now Generations Church) started with three other families in the little church on 9th Avenue and 24th Street. In 1980-81, he was project manager on the construction of the church’s present location.

Following the passing of his wife, Maxine, John met and married Sandra Davis of Dallas, TX. They reside in Greeley, with a home in Scottsdale, AZ, enjoyed extensive travel, and enjoy quality time with Sandra’s daughter Vicky Speed and son Clay Johnson of Dallas, granddaughters Sarah and Shelby. Without a doubt, John’s major interest in life has been his family who will miss his daily face to face presence. His influence and impact on our lives is incomprehensible. Our favorite love. Nora and Kent Kingsbury; Charlie and Lorissa Kingsbury, children Chaynee, Cason, Carty, Creed, Chaylis; Jerry and Jo Stugart (our heart break of Jo’s passing in 2014); John and Jennifer Stugart, son Jackson; Jed and Angie Stugart, children Gunner and Gracie; Joyce and Joel Rothman, Joey Rothman, Willi and Nathan Merrill, children Natalie, Trey and Aalliyah. John’s brothers Jack and Harvey and families. John includes many of his dear close friends as family. You know who you are.

To friends and family: John was a generous man. Instead of flowers or gifts, if you have special philanthropic interests, he would want you to help them out. That would show him great honor.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Adamson Life Celebration Home
    Address
    2000 47th Avenue
    GREELEY, CO
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  • Life Celebration of John L. Shupe

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Generations Church
    Address
    3600 West 22nd Street
    GREELEY, CO 80634
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  • Interment

    Location
    Linn Grove Cemetery
    Address
    1700 Cedar Avenue, Greeley
    GREELEY, CO 80631
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Warren Mitchell

Posted at 09:56pm
Mr. Shupe was a model for all people to emulate. He was honest with unquestionable integrity, treated all as an equal and I can say beyond any doubt that my life was enhanced by knowing Mr. John Shupe. Keep on trucking.
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David Meek

Posted at 07:07pm
What a wonderful man that gave so much to his family, Church, & Community. He will be greatly missed. I pray others will step up to do the same. USAF Veteran & Glad Tidings Church Pastor David Meek
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Posted at 04:50pm
John was such an amazing person, and such a vital part of the success of Weld County Garage. His legacy will never be forgotten. Everyone at WCG.
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Posted at 06:16am
I worked for John Shupe at Weld County Garage until 2012 when he was no longer a partner. We broke bread a few times together during those 30 plus years. I will always remember John in two ways: (1) He was always a gentleman to me; making me feel like I was the most important person in his life at a meal or just pure conversation. (2) His love for Jesus and thankfulness for his salvation. I am SURE heavens bliss has increased with his passing.

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Zak Breazeale

Posted at 01:46am
My tribute to Mr. Shupe by Zac Breazeale:

I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know Mr. John Shupe, I guess that’s because when I was born my parents were both working for Shupe Brothers. I have memories of being down in the shop when I was just a tyke playing in the old 29 Chevy car and old #4. I remember when Shupe Brothers closed i was very sad. I still remember though when John contacted dad about coming to work at DSCO when he’d taken back over from Steinbecker’s and wanted Dad to work there. I was around 9 or 10 years old and started going to work with my Dad on Saturdays. Mr. Shupe started paying me to sweep floors, empty trash, and keep #4 polished up. As I got older he’d up my pay as I started washing trucks, and then learned to do services and some mechanic work. By the time I was 14 years old there wasn’t too many things I hadn’t done with trucks including driving them. My days off from school and my summer breaks were all spent in that shop with one condition, my school grades had to be passing and Mr. Shupe occasionally asked to see what they were. Working in the shop gave me a perfect environment to use for a proficiency project when I was in FFA, and Mr. Shupe was very supportive by letting me learn new things and buying me at the labor sales. My senior year I’d go to school in the morning and work after lunch, when I turned 18 I got a chance to work for Greeley Peterbilt and he encouraged me to take the job as it would give me a chance to learn even more and get 8 hours of work in everyday while I was still going to school. Dad got with John and they made a deal with Peterbilt for me to do all the warranty work on his series 60 engines, so a week or so after high school graduation DSCO sent me to two Detroit Diesel schools where I can assure you I was the only 18 year old and I became a member of the Detroit diesel guild. All the opportunities paid off in a big way as I won the national proficiency award for Ag. mechanic placement in 1997. I decided to head off to college but made the trip from Sterling to Greeley on the weekends and off days to work in the DSCO shop. They were offering a tractor restoration program at NJC and Mr. Shupe had a John Deere H tractor he had bought from my late Grandpa Breazeale years ago. I really wanted the tractor since Grandpa had owned it and asked him about buying it. John said he didn’t want to sell it but I could take the tractor and get it running and restored. I took the tractor down and brought him a list of what all the repairs would cost. John decided he’d just sell me the tractor instead but said I didn’t need to pay him until school was over. After graduation I brought him the money and he told me to put it in my pocket and the tractor was mine. It’s one of my most prized processions now because both Grandpa and John had owned it I could go on and on about Mr. Shupe, and sometimes when I was growing up it was like having an extra Grandfather figure in a way. He called me back in January and asked me to come by before he left for a while and I’m so glad Dad and I went to his house to visit him. He was tickled to death by all the interest in the old Shupe Brothers trucks and thanked me for keeping the legacy alive with this page. I told him I’d made the move to work for the school district in Eaton and he told me they'd hired themselves the very best. He gave me a die-cast model of a Monfort truck and an old picture of some Shupe Brothers trucks off his wall. He told me he loved me and we made plans to meet up this summer and he was going to give me some more old pictures, I’m deeply saddened I didn’t get that chance but even more saddened that a man that made such a positive impact in my life is gone. I owe him a lot of thanks and he meant am awful to to me, I am eternally thankful for all the opportunities he gave me...May God bless you sir.
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