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Lonny Paul Shoup, 57, died April 13 at his home in La Grande, the result of myeloproliferative disorder, a malignant hematological disorder. A private burial will be in the Veterans Circle at Grandview Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be at his home in June.
Mr. Shoup was born Dec. 7, 1949, in Belton, Texas, and was raised in Woodland, Calif. After graduation from high school, he served his country, doing two tours in Vietnam. From 1968 to 1974 he was a LRRP/Ranger, and was in Cambodia in forced recon. He received the following honors: Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Honor Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. After returning from military service, he patrolled the Yolo County Game Preserve as a deputy sheriff for a few years.
Lonny married Sara Jane William-son March 14, 1998.
He was an artist and a master model hobbyist, building trains, planes and tanks. An avid historian, he was a Civil War re-enactor. He belonged to the Washington Civil War Actors Association. Last year he participated in several Washington re-enactments.
Although he was raised in the Baptist Church, he was proud of his Jewish heritage and was fluent in the Hebrew language. He loved spending time with family and friends in AA recovery and especially with his two granddaughters, Chelsea and Madi.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Williamson-Shoup; son, Todd; stepchildren, Robert and Becky Williamson, Steven R. Williamson and Julie Williamson; and two granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to the MPD Foundation, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 375, Chicago, Ill. 60606 or through their website, www.mpdfoundation.org.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007 Published: April 21, 2007