Bob Shoup

Bob Shoup, 65, of Pierre passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 19, 2020, at Ava’s Hospice House in Sioux Falls with his family at his side following an 11 year battle with cancer. 

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak there will be no public service at this time, the service will be broadcast starting at 11:00am on Monday, April 27th on our website at  If you wish to show support for the family you can watch the funeral service on your mobile device in your car starting at 11:00am at the Faith Lutheran Church parking lot the day of the service. Those wishing to can follow in the funeral procession to the Riverside Cemetery in Pierre and be at part of the committal service while staying in your car.   For those that cannot attend in this manor you can still watch the webcast of the funeral from any location.

You can also show support by taking part in our “Together In Spirit” option. Please email your name and a message of support to and we will place it on a heart that will be attached to a chair at the service. The family will be able to read your heartfelt message and know that you are together with them in spirit.

A man of strong faith, humility, and immense integrity, Bobby Lee Shoup was born June 17, 1954 in Onida to Francis (Bud) and Elsie (Cavanaugh) Shoup. He was baptized and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Agar. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Agar and like most farm kids was driving tractor at the age of 10. He attended grade school at Fairview country school. He attended high school in Agar and excelled in academics, track and field, and basketball. He was named homecoming king his senior year. He graduated with honors in 1972.

He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings for two years after high school. It was there he met the love of his life, Nancy Shelbourn, through a mutual friend. Their first date was on November 16, 1973, a date they celebrated every year afterwards. Desiring a career in the building trades he made the decision to transfer to Lake Area Vo-Tech in the fall of 1974. He graduated with honors in May of 1976.

Bob and Nancy were married at Faith Lutheran Church on June 19, 1976. They lived in Brookings and Rapid City before settling permanently in Pierre in May of 1978. In 1981, after working for another construction firm in town, Bob decided to start his own business, Shoup Construction, Inc. During the life of his business, Bob was a highly sought after homebuilder, building or remodeling numerous houses in the Pierre community. He even expanded and remodeled his own home several times. Bob also had a passion for building cabinetry and furniture from which his family, friends, and church benefitted greatly.

Bob loved sports of all kinds, especially high school and college basketball and professional football. He was a lifelong fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Green Bay Packers. He and Nancy had a “mixed” marriage as she was a Vikings fan. They rarely watched those rivalry games together!

Paramount in Bob’s life was his strong Christian faith, and he was very active in Faith Lutheran Church serving on the Board of Elders for many terms. He was church president, participated in the choir, ushered, and was always available to assist with church building projects. His faith carried over into every aspect of his life including his business. He based his work ethic and business philosophy on Mark  8:36: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.” He looked to his Lord to guide every aspect of his life. He lived a way that always pointed others to his Savior through his actions and selfless heart that deflected the glory to Jesus. His identity was truly in Christ.

Bob had two children, Katie & Jacob. He was an incredible father who was highly involved in their lives growing up. Most importantly he taught them the love of Jesus and led by an example of faith. He also took a very active role in the lives of his six grandchildren and was always willing to play, wrestle, and chase.

Bob was a kind and gracious man with a huge smile. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of nearly 44 years, Nancy of Pierre; daughter Katie (Josh) Nebelsick of Rapid City, son Jacob (Chezarae) Shoup of Sioux Falls, grandchildren William, Oliver, Joseph, and Franklin Nebelsick, and Elsie and Isaiah Shoup; brothers Dennis Shoup of Summerset, Larry (Maralee) Shoup of Gettysburg, and Bill (Joyce) Shoup of Brandon; sisters Judy (Dean) Maroney and Pam (Dean) Goebel both of Gettysburg, many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law Ken Shelbourn, and mother-in-law Clara Shelbourn; Godchildren Sarah (Shoup) Horner, Chris Markley, Laura Jacobson, and Alexis Shoup, and many dear friends and business associates. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law Liz Shoup, and his father-in-law Dan Shelbourn.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre, Zion Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, or the Oahe Homebuilder’s Association.