My husband of 57 years, Vern E. “Buzz” Shoup, died in my loving arms on Sunday, Nov. 23 at our home in Rifle. We had a lovely Saturday together the day before.

Through all of his trials and tribulations of poor health and the amputations of both of his legs, his many friends, customers, fellow firefighters and loved ones in his life helped him to accept what was given to him.

Vern lived with the cards he was dealt and played them the best he could. He was a pleasure to take care of.

The outpouring from Vern’s many friends was full of love. They responded with love, kindness, beautiful cards, food and with money, which was given to charities, orphanages and to his fellow firemen.

Everyone around the whole United States has responded with nothing but love, but no pity. They all made it so easy for me.

I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every person involved in Vern’s life.

Carmen Shoup and family


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