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John Wesley Staup

John was the third of 12 children of Emerson and Margaret (Stockler) Staup. They had eight boys, 4 served in the military, and 4 girls.

John served 20 years in the military, 13 in the Air Force attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, and 7 years in the Army attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. He was awarded: The Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Commendation Medal, 4 Award For Good Conduct Medals, and a National Service Medal. John served in many states and overseas, four years in England, one year in Labrador, and one year in Vietnam. While in England he met and married his wife of 63 years, Joan, and they had a son, David.

In his civilian life John worked for Sacramento County for 23 years as Maintenance Supervisor for the County Garage, taking care of 2000 cars, and purchasing. Upon retirement, he received a citation from the County of Sacramento, California, for the work he did for them. During this time, he joined the Elks Lodge and served as Trustee, Exalted Ruler, State Vice President, and Grand Lodge Government Relations Chairman. John was very active in the lodge. If he did not work on a committee he was still doing something.

John had many hobbies, first was poker, and Texas hold’em was his game. He also liked old cars and traveling to different places. He loved to go back to England to visit with Joan’s family and old friends there and to find new places to see and people to meet. He loved to talk to people, as those who knew him will tell you.

John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan; son, David; granddaughters: Alisandra (16) and Victoria (12); and their mother, Barbara Staup. He is also survived by brothers: Bob (wife, Carolyn), Mike (wife, Jan), and Bill; sisters: Carol Ann (husband, Larry) Shaw, Kay (husband, Joe) Ansley, Susan (husband, Bob) Lutz; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers: Tim, Tom, Bud, and Carl; and sister, Peggy.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel. Inurnment will follow at the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Liberty Columbarium.

Memorials in John’s name may be made to the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge #2484, P.O. Box 204, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-0204 (please make notation on check, for Handicapped Children’s Fund), or to the National Children’s Cancer Society, 500 North Broadway, Suite 1850, St. Louis, MO 63102.

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