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Ronald Shupe

August 10, 2017

Memorial Service

August 21, 2017
- 10:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Ronald Shupe

August 10, 2017


Ronald “Ron” Shupe was born on September 26, 1942 Lamb Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado to his parents, Franklin L. Shupe and Eunice E. (Profitt) Shupe. He passed away on August 10, 2017 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, North Dakota in the company of loved ones.

Ron grew up in Denver and attended elementary school at Rocky Mountain Christian School, Kepner Middle School and West Denver High School all in Denver. Growing up, Ron was fortunate that his oldest brother (Frank Jr.) was a school teacher who had the summers off. From the time he was about 8 years old, through his 14th year, Ron spent every summer with Frank and his family at an old cabin near Fairplay, CO. Mornings were for chores, but afternoons, were free to fish and just wander the mountains. From that experience grew his lifelong love of the outdoors and wildlife.

Following high school he briefly attended Abilene Christian University in Texas and by mutual consent dropped out. He graduated from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and was immediately hired as a Wildlife Refuge Manager by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). While still in high school Ron enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and Tech Sargent in 1968. Ron worked for the FWS as a field refuge manager for the first half of his career. He concurrently had a Federal Wildlife Law Enforcement Commission with the full police powers of the Federal Government.

He was married for the first time to Sheila Ann Caldwell in 1963. During the first half of his career he served as a refuge manager at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Nebraska, Charles M. Russell NWR in Montana, Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico and at the Audubon NWR Complex in North Dakota, his final field station with the FWS. In 1976, he was selected as a NWR Assistant Supervisor and moved his family to the Regional Office located in Denver, CO. Ron was promoted to refuge Supervisor and by the time of his retirement, was the Deputy Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Denver with responsibilities for the eight state Mountain-Prairie Region. He married Barbara (Laumb) Hoflen on October 11, 1997 in Berthold, ND. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he and Barbara had moved from Denver to Bismarck, ND to be closer to her family.

Ron did complete some post graduate work at Utah State University. In addition to his Law Enforcement Credentials, he was a certified wild land fire fighter and a Myers-Briggs Instructor. Ron worked for the FWS for 38 years and 9 months. He had a life membership in the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society, including a few years as the Chairman of the Energy Committee. He was also a longtime member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association including a stent as the President of the Bismarck Chapter of NARFE.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; son, Kevin (Deana) and their children; daughter, Robin (Craig) and their children; step-son Bill (Melissa) and their children; step-daughter, Liz (Jason) and their children; and brother, John. Other survivors include nieces Bobbi and Karen and their families (children of his oldest brother, Frank); niece, Debby (Dean) and their children; nephew, George Jr. (Diane) and their families (children of his oldest sister Hettie); nephew, Franky (Robin) and their family (the child of his youngest sister Pat); special “uncle,” Harold; and mother-in-law Joan Laumb, brothers-in-law Tom (Cindy) and their families and Greg (Linda) and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his oldest brother, Frank; and sisters, Pat and Hettie.


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22 responses to “Ronald Shupe”

  1. Susan Echelberger says:

    My sincere sympathies. I worked with Ron at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and at the Regional Office – rest in peace

  2. Joel Hanson says:

    Kevin and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Glad that you all got to spend some time together earlier this summer.

  3. Melvie Uhland says:


    My deepest sympathies to you and family.

  4. Sue Opsal says:

    Barb and family of Ron,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We know he will be dearly missed and very fondly remembered. I wish that we would be able to attend the service but harvest is in full swing and must be tended to. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I will let Mom and Dad know. Peace to you all. And our thoughts are with Ron as he enters heaven healthy and whole and fully loved by his Savior!

  5. Terri Follett says:

    Barb, so sorry for your loss. May God hold you and your family in his loving hands.

  6. Lydia Patrick says:

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Keeping the family in my prayers.

  7. Vanessa Fields says:

    So sorry to hear this. Ron was a tremendous mentor to Sean and I at the start of our careers. We literally wouldn’t be where we are today without him and Barb. We are sending our love to Barb and all of the family.

  8. Dale Henry says:

    Ron was colleague in the FWS, and a friend for nearly 35 years, a friendship we valued. He was one of the good ones and will be missed! But our friendship with his wife, Barbara, will continue – and the mugo pines will keep memories alive. / Dale and Barb Henry

  9. Penny Creasy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Small words but a heart full care. I believe Jim Creasy, who passed in May donated sick leave to him during his long battle with cancer. I know he like Ron.

  10. Tracy says:

    I’ll always remember when I was having trouble transitioning out of the Army, Uncle Ron spoke up for giving me space so my mind didn’t feel trapped in a war zone. He also gave great advice as I was getting into a wildlife career. And it was great to see my dad with such a close friend. I’m sorry he’s gone but thankful for his presence in my life.

  11. Amy Perfors says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I have many fond memories of my Uncle Ronnie. He was a very funny, interesting guy and I always looked forward to family gatherings if I knew he would be there.

  12. Eva Paredes says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Ron, he was one of the good guys that always encouraged me and had my back, when I needed it. Ron was one of those people that could always make me smile. I know he is in a better place and out of pain, though I know it will be difficult for you. Keeping you and yours in my prayers.

  13. Della Holmgren says:

    Barb…I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Remember all the happy times you and Ron shared. God speed.

  14. Linda Shafer says:

    Barb, so sorry to hear of Ron’s illness and passing. Praying for God’s grace as you heal from his loss.

  15. Jeff says:

    Sorry to hear this Kev. Hope you guys are ok

  16. Roger Hollevoet says:

    Ron was a great guy and had fun doing his job. I enjoyed working so much with him. The field always enjoyed him when he visited. In some places there was conflicting issues. Ron would back us all the time. He was a warrior when conflict would pop up and he would back the field. Ron was loved, he was there for the critters and the men and women of the Refuge System.

  17. Rick and Denise Waffird says:

    Kevin & Family
    We are praying for you in this very hard time to hold onto the great memories you shared and to experience God’s grace to the fullest.
    Our sincere condolences and love,
    Rick and Denise

  18. Ernie Husmann says:

    To Barb and family, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Ron. He was one of the good guys! I treasured our friendship. He said when I asked him what was my worst fault when I applied for some management training and he said that I needed to learn how to say “No”. Powerful words from a true friend! My prayers are with you all. Ernie

  19. Sue Bicknell says:

    Dear Barb and family,
    I am very sorry to learn that you have lost Ron. I know that Bill liked and admired him, and I always looked forward to seeing Ron and Barb at the retirees’s gatherings. Moving forward is hard after such a loss, but help is all around you in your family, friends, and memories. I wish you all peace and healing.

  20. Wendy Wollmuth says:

    Barb, So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a wonderful boss, friend, and mentor to so many. Thoughts and prayers. Wendy Wollmuth

  21. Kevin and Nancy Willis says:

    Barb, Kevin and Family – We were so saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. Ron hired me to manage Lake Ilo NWR back in 1985, and we were very much the green kid from Missouri and his 6-month pregnant wife. Ron made a difficult transition much easier with his leadership, friendship, and mentoring. Through the years I was around Ron a lot and he was always there to be the voice of reason, or to provide suggestions, or just to listen. I hope you’ll be comforted to know that Ron was that way for a lot of us all those years in the Fish and Wildlife Service, and his legacy lives on in the many lives he touched. He will be sorely missed.

  22. Harris Hoistad says:

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I owe much to him and his guidance, mentoring and friendship. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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