Carroll Shoup

Carroll L. Shoup, 75, of Arkansas City, died Friday, April 17, 2020, at South Central Kansas Medical Center after a long life full of challenges and triumphs.

A private memorial service and interment of ashes will be held at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. A celebration of life for Carroll will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory of Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at

Carroll was born Jan. 11, 1945, to Esther M. and Lloyd R. Shoup, in Winfield. He grew up on the family farm west of Udall, where he worked with his father planting and harvesting wheat and raising livestock. His family survived the May 1955 tornado that destroyed the town, although Carroll lost classmates in the deadly storm.

Carroll graduated from Udall High School in 1963.

After graduating from high school, Carroll attended Arkansas City Junior College (Cowley College). It was there he met Evelyn Earle Shoup, and the couple married in June 1965. Carroll and Evelyn celebrated the birth of their son, Corey, on Nov. 25, 1971.

Carroll’s interests ranged far and wide, as shown by the many lines of work he pursued, including guitar maker, restaurant manager, draftsman, pilot, disc jockey, general contractor, furniture store owner, carpenter and teacher. His hobbies included woodworking, wood turning, stained glass and, for a brief time, car racing.

Carroll loved going fishing, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the company of the many dogs he and Evelyn adopted, starting with their first dog, Annie. After many years without a dog, they adopted another Annie, followed by Chase, Buster, Sugar and Babe.

Carroll was a continual learner, always reading and watching videos on new wood turning techniques and woodworking projects. He was always sketching and drawing his ideas on whatever paper was handy, from newspapers to envelopes, hanging on to all of them.

Carroll was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998, and underwent deep brain stimulation surgery in 2012 to help to lessen some of the disease’s symptoms. Carroll never backed down from any challenge life presented him. He fought the disease and persevered through several setbacks caused by it, always staying positive and living a full life, enjoying time with family and friends while also pursuing his goals and hobbies.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, many aunts and uncles, and several cousins.

He is survived by his beloved wife and caregiver, Evelyn, of the home; and their son, Corey, of Topeka. He is also survived by his older sister, Donna Bushell (Mike, deceased); his younger sister, Shirley Hargis (Bill); his younger brother, Dwight (Jeanie); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

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