Mr. James F. Hupp, 75, of Spring Hill, Florida and formerly of the Union, Michigan area, passed away peacefully at the Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville, Florida on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 10:41 am following an extended illness. He was born on March 25, 1946, in Mishawaka, Indiana to the late Francis P. and Gertrude M. (Deavel) Hupp, and is preceded in death by a brother, a sister and his spouse, Rosemary L. “Rose” (Willis) Hupp, who passed in Florida in November of 2014. James has no living immediate family but is survived by his good friend and caregiver, John (Pamela) Heckman of Union and a host of close friends and brother Shriners.
Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart is hosting James’ celebration of life service on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 10:00 am, with visitation beginning at 9 am. Friends may call on Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 4-8 pm. Pastor Jeremy Sarber, Chaplain, will officiate and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, where military honors will be rendered.
James was a 1964 graduate of Mishawaka High School and went on to serve in the United States Army. On June 12, 1965, he married Rose and she remained by his side 49 years until her passing in 2014. He worked for Conrail Railroad in various supervisory positions for over 30 years.
He was a prolific Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner throughout his life, and held several titles and memberships including being a life member and Past Master of the Masonic Michigan Masons Lodge #290, Vandalia, MI; Vested member of the South Bend Valley Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of South Bend, IN; life member of the Saladin Shrine Temple of Grand Rapids, MI; life member and twice-past-president of the Cass County Shrine Club of Union, MI; member and Past Raban of Hillbilly Shriners Clan #80 of Union, member of the Bristol (IN) American Legion Post #143 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4372 of Weeki Wachee, FL.
He also enjoyed NASCAR, fishing, spending time with his late wife Rose on their pontoon boat and taking long rides on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Memorial donations may be given to any Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Friends are encouraged to log on to James’ obit page on the funeral home’s website at www.billingsfuneralhome.com to leave comments and memories that would be welcomed and appreciated by others.
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