Harry Wesley Shoup


Harry Wesley Shoup

Bessemer, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Mar 2009 (aged 91)
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Plot Section 25, Site 368
Memorial ID 35296199 View Source
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Harry Wesley Shoup was born September 29, 1917, in Bessemer, Pennsylvania and passed away March 14, 2009, at Liberty Heights Assisted Living, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Harry attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where he met his future wife, Louise Lane. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1940 and married Louise Lane in 1941. A veteran of WWII, Harry had a distinguished career in the US Air Force, spanning 28 years.

During that time, he was the recipient of the Soldier's Medal for saving another airman's life. He was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on his "See it Now" program. The program highlighted his outstanding accomplishments in improving community relations as the Base Commander of Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin.

While stationed in Colorado Springs at CONRAD (the predecessor of NORAD), Col. Shoup initiated the tracking of Santa Claus on the radar, and was known the rest of his life as "The Santa Colonel".

Shoup retired as the Wing Commander of the 84th FIS at Hamilton Air Force Base, California, in 1968. After his retirement, Col. Shoup served as the Vice President of Development at his Alma Mater, Westminster College, for twelve years.

He and his wife, Louise, retired and settled in Colorado Springs in 1983. Col. Shoup was a charter member of the A.F.A. Blue and Silver Club, an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, an enthusiastic supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, and a Mason. His wife preceded him in death in 2003.

Surviving are his children: Judith Shoup Hannigan of Corvalis, Oregon; Pamela Shoup Farrell of Firestone, CO; Terri Shoup Van Keuren of Castle Rock, CO; and Richard Harry Shoup of Sherman Oaks, CA. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Inurnment ceremonies will be held on Friday, March 20 at 11:15 a.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Area "C", in Denver.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a Veteran's organization of your choice and please treat a veteran to a meal and express your appreciation for their service.


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