Joseph L. Sloup Jr
Joseph L. Sloup Jr. passed away on November 20, 2015 at the age of 81 in Pocatello, Id from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Dad was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 21, 1934 to Joseph L Sr. and Ann J. Sloup. Having the same name as his father, his nickname became Pepper (Pep) which happened to be after the Great Cardinals baseball player "Pepper Martin".
Due to hard times in his family, dad started working at a young age to help support his parents and siblings, brothers Lew and Johnny and sister Ann Marie.
One of the many jobs he worked while in high school included being a yard boy for Rosenblatt Stadium.
Dad graduated from Creighton Prep in Omaha in 1952 where he met and made lifelong friends Jerry Gilmore, Bob O'Donnell and Joe Oertli to name a few.
In 1952 Dad started working for Union Pacific Railroad as a boiler maker/machinist. April 1st 1958 Dad was drafted into the U.S. Army, (CO A 1st Battle Group 19th Infantry) fulfilling his service in Europe with honor and dignity until 1960.
Dad returned to UPRR following his service in the military.
July 1st 1961 Dad married Karen L. Stone (mom) and started their life together in Omaha, Nebraska.
They raised four children: Joe Jr., Rhonda, Mike and Wes.
While working for UPRR dad also took on an additional job with Loveless Machine And Grinding Shop (Omaha) to support our family which enabled mom to stay at home and raise the kids.
Dad and Mom were very involved with scouting, sports and spent many hours of service with Blessed Sacrament Parish.
1978 UPRR transferred Dad and the family to Pocatello, Id where we started a new chapter in our lives.
Dad and Mom were once again involved in many activities including scouting, church and community.
Dad was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 892.
From 1986 to 1990 Dad, Mom and Wes were living in Monticello, Arkansas as a result of another transfer.
In 1990 Dad was given the opportunity to take yet another transfer and this time it was back to Pocatello, Idaho where he began his retirement.
Many of dads interests included reading, taking care of his birds and squirrels, yard work and various home projects-but one of his greatest desires-----coffee!
As with anyone from Nebraska-he was a true Nebraska Cornhusker (Go Big Red). One of our greatest memories of dad is the little melody he would sing after a Cornhusker loss--" Go Big Red Went Potty"
Dad was preceded in death by his wife Karen of 53 years; his parents, Joe and Ann; brother, Lew; sister, Ann Marie; and many other family and friends.
Dad leaves behind the kids- Joe (Christa) Sloup of Clarksville, TN, Rhonda (Mel) Nilsson, Mike (Tonya) Sloup and Wes (Mona) Sloup all of Pocatello, Idaho; ten Grandchildren and 4 Great grandchildren; his brother, Johnny (Annette) Sloup of Quincy Ill. Also many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Dad touched so many people’s lives; he will be greatly missed.
We would like to extend our thanks and love to all of the doctors, nurses and staff from ICU and 4th floor at Portneuf Medical Center as well as Heritage Hospice. Your care and compassion as well as love for our Dad and for all of us was extrordinary. You are all truly wonderful individuals.
Dad, you filled our lives with so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. You stood by your beliefs and remained true to your faith, always believing that God only gives us what we can handle. You fought through the hard times and enjoyed the good times, your compassion and love for others remained true and strong.
A vigil service with the Holy Rosary being prayed will be on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Community, St. Joseph’s Chapel on North Hayes. The Mass of a Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 28th at Holy Spirit Catholic Community, St. Anthony’s Chapel on 7th and Wyeth. Military Rites by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Section 51 East. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Friends who wish may send online condolences and memories to the family by completing the tabs below. The Knights of Columbus are accepting donations in Joe's memory