Obituary for John Chupp
Chupp, Dr. John Paul died at age 87 on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Manor Grove Nursing Home in Kirkwood, Missouri. He was predeceased by his wife Lois Elizabeth Krutsch Chupp. He is survived by three children, Alice Elaine Chupp Smith (Randy) of Auburn AL, Warren Charles Chupp of St. Peters MO and Richard Lee Chupp of Chesterfield MO. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Elaine Michelle Smith Prince (Robby) of Birmingham AL, Alexander David Smith of Birmingham AL and Nicholas Charles Smith (Tianqi) of Auburn AL, and one great-grandson, Henley John Prince. Also surviving is his devoted and loving lady friend of 18 years, Marny Philips of Kirkwood MO. Pets during his life include Brownie (his beloved childhood dog), Bessie (cat), Freddy (cat), Missy (dog), Susie (dog) and Tootie (cat).
Dr. Chupp was born and raised in Ithaca, New York where his father, Charles David Chupp, was a professor at Cornell University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University. He met his future bride at Purdue and married her in 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Nitro, West Virginia where he joined Monsanto Corporation as a research chemist. He was transferred to the Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis a few years later and remained there until his retirement, always living in Kirkwood. He made many chemical discoveries during his 38 years with Monsanto for which he was awarded patents. After his wife Lois died in 1999, he developed a close relationship with Marny and they enjoyed many travels together including Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Dr. Chupp liked vegetable gardening, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, tackling projects around the house and yard, listening to classical music, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also was an avid reader especially of history, and enjoyed playing cards, seeing movies and cooking. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood and volunteered there and at Kirkwood Public Library. His advice and wit will be missed by all.
Memorial Service Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 E. Adams, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Parkinson Disease Association in St. Louis (http://stlapda.org/ ).