Elgin Franklin Shupak was born May 25, 1925, in Nelsonville, the son of John and Mary Sisa Shupak.
He grew up and attended school in the Nelsonville community.
After school, Elgin worked on the farm helping take care of the home and family. He enlisted into the
United States Army in 1945, and served his country after the United States bombed Hiroshima.
During this time he was responsible for helping with the clean up and earned the Good Conduct Award,
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, 1 Overseas Bar, Army Occupation Ribbon and (Japan) Victory Ribbon. Earning the rank of Sergeant, Elgin also earned the title
of foreman of construction.
After he was Honorably Discharged in 1946, he returned home and went back to work on the farm where he helped
take care of his mother. Elgin was employed with the Santa Fe Railroad for several years before going on to work as a sign man for The Texas Department
of Transportation in 1957.
He retired from TxDot after 35 years of service.
Elgin was united in marriage to Evelyn Harbes, in September, 1991.
Elgin and Evelyn were members of the Nelsonville Brethren Church. They loved to travel to California, Montana,
Colorado, Niagara Falls and numerous other places in the U.S., but Elgin always had to get back to his cattle that he knew by face and name. Elgin also
enjoyed playing dominoes and was known for his kindness and integrity.
Elgin passed away in a Houston hospital on Monday, April 9, 2012, at the age of 86.
He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn Shupak of Nelsonville; sons Ken Shupak and his wife, Starla, of New
Ulm, and Michael Shupak and his wife, Stephanie, of Manville; daughter Linda Shupak Cook of Bellville; stepchildren Jaquelyn Byrne of Centerville and Glenn
Hutchison and his wife, Heron, of Hawaii. Elgin is also survived by his 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and sister-in-law Lillie Mae Shupak
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and granddaughter, Kaylon Mary Lauren Cook.
Visitation 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012, Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.
Funeral service 11 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, Nelsonville Brethren Church, Nelsonville, Reverend Mike
Interment National Cemetery Nelsonville.
Pallbearers: Jimmy Zettel, Ronnie Shupak, Ed Shupak,
Gary Shupak, Terry Shupak,
Honorary pallbearers: Tom Connel, Nekia Thomas.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Nelsonville Brethren Church, 332 Nelsonville Church Road,
Bellville, Texas 77418.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South,
Bellville, Texas 77418. (979)865-2424, www.schmidtfunerals.com.
Posted by Joy Neely