Ben Shuppert

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Ben Alfred Shuppert, 91, of Belleville, IL, born 5 Feb. 1933, in Granite City, IL, died 22 Feb. 2024, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Ben was a United States Air Force Major and Vietnam veteran retiring in 1975 after 20 years of service. He later worked for the State Chemical Manufacturing Company and retired in 1998. He was a lifetime member of the 355th Fighter Group Association and the Belleville Holzschnitzer’s Wood Carvers.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy D., nee Crane, Shuppert, whom he married on December 26, 1959, and who died April 28, 1989; his parents, St. Clair and Dottie Clarice, nee Cover, Shuppert; and his sister, Norma Lee McGovern.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda Suarez-Shuppert, whom he married on July 13, 1994; his son, Larry Bruce (Nancy) Lipscomb; his daughter, Lisa Kay (Dennis) Flach; three grandchildren, Christian D. (Jill) Lipscomb, Stephen Flach and Emily, nee Lipscomb, Turnbull; several great and great-great-grandchildren; other dear family members; and a long list of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine or online at, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the Chapel of the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the Chapel of the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on Ben Shuppert

Carl Juszczak said : Guest Report Feb 29, 2024 at 12:42 PM

Ben was a good friend and was very instrumental in helping 355th group members with their VA claims. He was a very kind man and we all hope he rests in peace and God Bless him!!

  • Tucson
  • AZ
Gene Carlson said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2024 at 4:03 PM

Ben will be sorely missed at the 355th TFW reunions. Ben attended many full and mini reunions and was an important part of the activities. A gracious gentleman... RIP Ben

  • Lafayette
  • IN
Bill Cook said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2024 at 10:10 AM

Spent many happy hours sharing a roomat355th Reunions with Ben. Very neat guy to know - and we had numerous phone conversations over the years, He will be missed.

  • Fairlawn
  • Ohio
Mary Harris said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2024 at 6:38 PM

I’ll miss my dear cousin! He was a kind soul and so fun to be around! To know him was to love him! Rest in peace! I’ll love you always and you will be very missed!

  • Granite City
  • Ill
Barbara Crocker said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2024 at 3:56 PM

Ben was our former next door neighbor. My husband would spend hours over at his house or garage listening to the stories behind items Ben collected over the years including things he obtained while in the service. It was like a history lesson. We miss Ben but we are thankful he is no longer in pain. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of his family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sharon & Dave said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2024 at 11:34 AM

We’ll certainly miss Ben at the carving club. Our condolences to the family.

  • Jackson
cassidy said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2024 at 11:07 PM

we will miss you. love from lavinia and i❤️

  • meridian
  • idaho
Hattie Beauchamp said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2024 at 3:06 PM

Ben will be missed by everyone who loved him and spent time hearing his stories and laughing with him.

  • Tulsa
  • Oklahoma

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