Dr. Bryce G. Shopp - July 15, 2010
Dr. Bryce G. Shopp, 82, of Estes Park, Colo. and Palm Desert, Calif., died Monday, July 12, 2010 at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colo., surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles R. Shopp; mother, Adele O.; and his only sibling and brother, Kermit R., who died during World War II.
Dr. Shopp was born March 8, 1928 in Imperial, Neb. and resided there with his family until 1989.
He graduated from Chase County High School in 1946 and attended the University of Nebraska where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. During his undergraduate years, Bryce was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He went on to earn his doctorate in 1954 from the University of Nebraska Medical School in Omaha, complimented by his residency at Lincoln General Hospital. For over 30 years, Dr. Shopp served as a practicing faculty member of the University, training young physicians in their early years of medical practice.
Dr. Shopp began practicing family medicine at the Imperial Medical Clinic with doctors Fay Smith and Elwood Yaw in 1956 and continued his practice in the greater Imperial area for 35 years.
He continued his medical profession as a consultant and family practice advisor for another 16 years in Estes Park, Colo. and several other rural Nebraska communities. Dr. Shopp was board certified in Nebraska, Colorado and California, with his specialty in Family Practice.
He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice in Las Vegas, Nev. early in his medical career. Over the years, Dr. Shopp enjoyed continuing his family practice education by attending numerous medical seminars throughout the United States.
On Aug. 23, 1958, Dr. Shopp married Wanda E. Walbridge of Palisade, Neb., who survives. They were happily married for 52 years, raising seven children and celebrating six grandchildren.
He contributed to his community by being a 50-year member of both the United Methodist Church and the Nebraska State Medical Association. He also served as mayor of Imperial, Neb. for two terms and served on the Imperial Grade School Board for 13 years. Dr. Shopp was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and a dedicated contributor to the Order of the Eastern Star.
Dr. Shopp was a devoted husband and father and was a strong advocate of higher education for his seven children.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda E. Shopp of Estes Park, Colo. and his seven children: Charles Warrie Shopp, wife Jamie and sons Connor Bryce and Cayden James of Casper, Wyo.; Alexsis Ann Jones and son Miles Carson of Littleton, Colo.; Bryce Anthony Shopp of Estes Park, Colo.; Shannon Lee Shopp of Palm Desert, Calif.; Reagan Andrew Shopp, wife Angela and daughter Gentri Maddex and son Javen Andrew of Parker, Colo.; Adrian Walbridge Shopp of Denver, Colo.; and Jade Mandell Shopp, wife Masa and son Canyon Hayato of Venice, Calif.
Dr. Shopp believed that his family was his greatest accomplishment and would frequently say that he only thought of his family once a day . . . and that was all day long. He valued the time he spent with his children and grandchildren above all else. He was often quoted as saying, “Family’s what it’s all about,” and lived his life with that as its theme.
Visitation was held Wednesday afternoon, July 14, 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home in Imperial.
Funeral services are today, Thursday morning, July 15, 2010, 11 a.m. (MT) at the United Methodist Church of Imperial, with Pastor Fred Andersen and Rev. Robert E. Call officiating.
Music will be by Rob Browning and Pat McNair.
Casketbearers are Charles Shopp, Anthony Shopp, Shannon Shopp, Reagan Shopp, Adrian Shopp and Jade Shopp.
Honorary casketbearer is Miles Jones.
Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church of Imperial, the Chase County Community Hospital and the Imperial Masonic Lodge.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.