John Schuppel, 90


John Frederick Schuppel, 90, of Allenton, died Monday, April 12, 2010. John was born in the town of Barton to John and Marie (nee Kirchner) Schuppel on April 16, 1919.

John graduated from West Bend High School in 1937. After graduation, he became a second shift foreman for Briggs and Stratton in Milwaukee. During this time, he started dating "the girl he knew was for him." John married Shirley Werner on June 7, 1941.

After living in Milwaukee for several years, they decided to move back to the Kewaskum/Allenton area and try their hand at farming. In 1984, John was awarded the Kiwanis's Out-standing Conservation Farmer of the year for his contour strip farming technique.

John always liked to work with his hands, and he loved figuring out how things worked. He claimed that you could fix anything with "tin cans and baling wire." John also liked to bowl and became fascinated with Brunswick's "new" automated pinball setters, which inspired him to go back to school and become a specialist in that field. The next 23 years, John worked at various bowling alleys around the area as their automated pin-setting mechanic.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley Schuppel, his son, James (Tally) Schuppel, of Park Falls, WI, his daughter, Jean (David) Peterson, of Des Moines, Iowa, his son, Robert (Heidi Baumann-Schuppel ) Schuppel, of Slinger, Wis., and his daughter-in-law, Deborah (Mike) McGuire, West Bend, 11 grandchildren: James Schuppel, John Schuppel, Marcy Stone, Brad Peterson, Daniel Gardner, Stephanie Schladweiler, Ross Peterson, Susan Schuppel-Paul, Katie Herriges, Sandra Schuppel, and Alec Schuppel, and 14 great-grandchildren. John is further survived by his sisters Helen Ahlers, of Jump River, Wis., Alice Furlong, of Campbellsport, Wis., Rita (Harry) Justman, Townsend, Wis., and his brother, Donald Schuppel, of Medford, Wis. John is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Myron Schuppel on Jan. 27, 1979, and his son, Richard "Dick" Schuppel on Dec. 3, 1994.

John will be remembered for his love of nature, especially hunting and fishing, his honesty, his kindness to others, and his sense of humor. Many times, John would share stories about taking "a short cut," running out of gas, camping on Turtle Flambeau Flowage, playing Sheepshead, enjoying a good European beer, or just sharing good times with the family and friends. He will truly be missed.

A Funeral Service for John will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr. in West Bend with the Rev. Marcy Stone presiding.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday, April 16, 2010.

Burial will follow at Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials are appreciated in John's name to the charity of the donor's choice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.