Waterloo—Terry E. Shoopman 71, of Waterloo, died Saturday, May 12, at his home of natural causes. He was born September 15, 1946, in Swea City, Iowa the son of Wilbur and Ruby Nelson Shoopman. He was raised as a Methodist and grew up mainly in Otho, Iowa. He attended various schools in Webster County, graduating from Ft. Dodge Senior High School in 1964. He attended Ft. Dodge Community College for two years and lettered in baseball there during the 1965 season. He started working at Iowa Beef Packers in 1966, as a butcher workman.
He volunteered for the draft in 1967. He served two years in active duty in the U.S. Army, including one year in Vietnam as an infantry squad leader and platoon sergeant. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant. He was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, an Air Medal, two Army Commendation Medals for heroism, an Army Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm Unit Citations, a Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, and two overseas service bar. He served with Delta Co., 2nd Bn., 8th Cav. Rgt., 1st Calvary Div. and was honorably discharged in 1973.
He started working as a Federal Meat Inspector stationed at Rath Packing Co., in Waterloo in 1971. He married Debra Weaver in 1973. They later divorced. Of this union, two daughters were born. He transferred to the U.S. Postal Service in 1982 where he worked as a manual distribution clerk and later as a mail processor. He retired in 2010, after 41 ½ years of federal service. He was a lifelong union member and served as AFGE Waterloo local president for three years.
He enjoyed stamp collecting, rock collecting, history, sports, friends, U.S. travel, and especially family.
He was a life member of the 1st Cav. Div. Assn, Disabled American Veterans, Angry Skipper Assn., Combat Infantrymen’s Assn., 8th Cavalry Rgt. Assn, and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Survived by: two daughters, Alaina (Adam) Small of Urbandale and Emily (Seth) Gieson of Bloomington, Il.; four grandchildren, Noah and Landon Small and Daisy and Flynn Gieson; a brother, Michael (Julie) Shoopman of Ft. Dodge; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Waterloo First United Methodist Church where there will be full military honors conducted by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19, the Evansdale AMVETS Post 31 and the United States Army Honor Guard. Burial will occur at a later time. Visitation will be 4-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and for an hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to family.
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