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Scottdale veteran knew his way around the kitchen

Joe Napsha
| Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Unlike some men of his generation, Edwin Shupe was not afraid to cook and loved to bake apple pies — using some apples from his own tree — as well as nut rolls, his daughter Bernice Wiltrout of Scottdale said.

“He loved to bake pies and have me and my sister over to eat them,” Wiltrout said, referring to Jennifer Taxacher of Scottdale.

Edwin G. Shupe of Scottdale died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at his home.

He was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Scottdale, a son of the late Blair and Sylvia Pearl Markle Shupe.

Mr. Shupe graduated from Scottdale High School and worked at the Duraloy Blaw-Knox plant in Scottdale, before he was drafted by the Army when the United States entered the Korean War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with a bronze star, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

After returning home from the war, he met Evelyn Ruth Brothers. The couple were married in 1959.

Mr. Shupe also returned to his job at Duraloy Blaw-Knox, where he was a core maker and grinder. He worked for the company for 30 years, before retiring in 1981.

He was a devoted member of the First Assembly of God Church of Scottdale, where he served as a deacon and usher. He enjoyed playing on the dartball team, Wiltrout said.

“He was very dedicated to his church,” she said.

Mr. Shupe liked to take the family to vacation in the Lancaster area, where his wife had relatives. They enjoyed tourist attractions such as Hershey Park, Wiltrout said.

In addition to his parents and wife, who died in April 2002, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Aaron Shupe; and two brothers, George and Herman Shupe.

In addition to his two daughters, he is survived by one son, Edwin Shupe of Concord, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, where services will be held at 2 p.m.Graveside committal service and interment next to his wife will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery with full military honors bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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