Date of BirthSeptember 28, 1939

Willard Cupp Obituary

Date of BirthSeptember 28, 1939

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Date of PassingSeptember 16, 2016

Willard Cupp Obituary

from Columbia, Indiana, United States

Date of BirthSeptember 28, 1939

Willard Cupp Obituary

Date of BirthSeptember 28, 1939

37 Views

Date of PassingSeptember 16, 2016

Willard Cupp Obituary

from Columbia, Indiana, United States


KIMMELL — Willard Keith "Bill" Cupp of Kimmell was called home on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, after a battle with lymphoma. Bill was born on September 28, 1939 to Willard Otto and Alice (Mosure) Cupp. He was one of four children and attended Bluffton High School. He was the first player to hit a home run in Wells County Little League, and he was also in the first group of wrestlers at Bluffton High School. After graduating from high school in 1957 at age 17, he joined the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne as well as an MP. His tour took him to Germany, Lebanon and other areas around the world. He remained in the military four years. During his service he sustained a serious injury during a parachute maneuver at Fort Campbell, Ky. In December 1961 he married Becky Ann Robbins who survives him. Bill and Becky were blessed with six children. In 1969, while working at the then Joslyn Steel in Fort Wayne, he was severely burned. This incident lead to ongoing health issues, but it never stopped bill from making a loving house and home for his family. He went on to earn an associate degree from Ivy Tech. Bill and Becky eventually moved their family to Noble County in 1974. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, working in real estate, coins, stamps and lottery tickets. His collecting of lottery tickets lead him to authoring the word "lotology" which was added to Webster's Dictionary. Bill resided in the Noble County Area for most of his remaining years. Being close to his family allowed him to spend time with his kids and grandkids, showing them how to fish, watching sports together and sometimes enjoying one-on-one time with Poppy. He was a proud member of Bear Lake Church in Noble County. Bill is survived by his six children: Michelle Wilson of Roanoke, Larry Cupp of Fort Wayne, Donald Jay Cupp of Fort Wayne, Debra (Duane) Crisp of Bear Lake, Willard K. "Scooter" (Shelly) Cupp of Bear Lake and Alice (Marc) Robinson of Wolf Lake; a brother, Jon (Barb) Cupp of Florida; two sisters, Joyce Schortgen of Granger, and Janice (John) Musselman of Bristol; 27 grandkids; and 25 great grandkids. He was preceded in death by: his parents; infant grandsons, Cory and Andrew Cupp; and infant great granddaughter, Hazel Cupp. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the funeral home with Pastor Monty Harlan officiating. Burial will follow at Thorn Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to Bear Lake Camp. To read his life story or to send family condolences, visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

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