OBITUARY

Lloyd Shoppa

August 31, 1932February 11, 2019
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Lloyd Shoppa, 86, died peacefully Monday, February 11, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born August 31, 1932, to Adolph and Christina Shoppa on a farm in Wharton, Texas. While at Wharton High School, he played on the 1950 State Football Championship team, starting on both offense and defense. He was captain of the basketball team and went to the State Championship in track his junior year. He also played trombone in the high school band. He loved to hunt and fish, skills he learned as a Boy Scout. He attended Wharton County Junior College on a football scholarship and later attended and graduated from The University of Texas. His professional career started as a part-time employee at Western Auto Store in Austin. He was a member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity and president of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Lloyd married the love of his life, childhood sweetheart Betty Jean Ziober, on January 25, 1955. After graduating from UT, Lloyd accepted a job in process improvement with Texaco. In 1964, he started his 34-year career at Bell Helicopter as a systems engineer. Lloyd served in several capacities, including president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada and eventually president and CEO of Bell Helicopter Textron until retirement. Thanks in part to his career, Lloyd and Betty traveled around the world, visiting 64 countries. Throughout these years, Lloyd supported his children in their lives and in their business endeavors, becoming Chairman and Director of Shoppa’s Farm Supply, a John Deere dealership with eight locations on the upper Gulf Coast, owned by his son Chris Shoppa, and Chairman of Shoppa’s Material Handling, a Toyota Industrial Equipment distributor with nine locations, owned by his son Jim Shoppa. In 1997, Lloyd was honored by being inducted into the National Management Association Hall of Fame in recognition of significant personal and professional contributions to the development of management and leadership. Lloyd was a member of First Baptist Church of Euless. He was active in civic affairs, president of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School Board and its Chamber of Commerce. He served on the board of directors for Texas Commerce Bank and Chase Bank and was on the Capital Farm Credit Board. His family was the center of his life. He is survived by his beloved wife Betty; their children, Jim and Janie Shoppa, Chris and Laura Shoppa, Gail and Larry McClure and Debra and Garland Hill; grandchildren, Clayton Shoppa and Mary Hiebert, Preston and Kimber Shoppa, Kristin Shoppa, Mackenzie and Preston Moore, Madison and Dietrich Davis, Will and Caroline Shoppa, Christina and Danny Driskell, Erica Hill, Tara and Martin Spencer and Scott McClure and Caroline Solari, and 9 great-grandchildren; his sister Shirley Swinford; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • Interment Service

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Elizabeth and Bob Kohn

February 17, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the family and particularly to Betty. We have many fond memories of traveling with Lloyd and Betty and of his incredibly vital personality. He was a force of nature. We remember many stories about Lloyd, most of which were true -- we were there. We are sad to hear we will not see him again in this life. Lots of Love to Betty.
Fondly,
Elizabeth and Bob Kohn

Nancy Jane Lary-Mathews

February 14, 2019

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. I have lasting, childhood memories of Lloyd, Mr Shoppa as I knew him. Even as a child growing up down the street, I recognized his dedication as a dad, coaching Jimmy and Chris throughout the years, in all the sports. He always did his utmost in everything he did and accomplished. He was a dedicated husband, father and successful professional. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Christiane Gagnon

February 13, 2019

First my deepest condolences to you Betty, family and friends.
Lloyd Shoppa was the 1st President I had the honor and pleasure to work with at BHT in Mirabel. Have to admit I was scared of him! but once I knew how a great and dedicated leader he was with his huge heart, I loved him as a father and shall never forget this extraordinary human being who lifted our spirits.

Helen and David Cates

February 13, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the Shoppa family on the loss of such a fine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Helen and David Cates

Jeannie Matthews Matthews

February 13, 2019

Betty and family------ Lloyd was such a fun person who always had a joke and smile.....Gosh i think back to Gail and Larry wedding when Shane was the ring bearer with your neice-- just a few years ago.. perhaps 40.... Lol..... We as a family certainly remember how gracious you all have been to the McClure clan over the years and particularly being able to use your pool in Coleyville before our long trip home to Oregon. Another memory-- was sharing our experiences at Rio Marti Gra as i had been there about the same time yall had. He will be missed by so many esp. for his laughter and smile.

Carol & David Gastinger

February 13, 2019

Betty and Family, our prayers go out to you. He was a wonderful person and an honor to work for. First met and worked for Lloyd in Flight Test on V22 Osprey. We worked many 7 days a week to get to first flight. LLoyd was there every day that we worked including holidays. We later went to Bell Canada and after 2 months, told Carol that "Bell Canada needed LLoyd Shoppa"! About a month later Lloyd showed up and was President of Bell Canada. He never took no for an answer. A "No we can't do that " just motivated him more to figure out how to do it.
God Bless!
Carol and David Gastinger
Burnet, Texas

Karen Knight, DDD

February 13, 2019

Mom and I are very saddened to hear that your dear Lloyd passed two days ago. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We will never forget the fun family parties we shared at your house on Woodridge Circle in Morrisdale, Euless. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Jane Knight & Karen Knight DDS

Connie Gregorek

February 13, 2019

Our family is so saddened by his passing . He was a wonderful business partner with my parents Malcolm and Janet Barrett and they truly loved and admired Mr Shoppa . We will be praying for peace and healing for the family. God bless and keep you ❤️
Connie and Malcolm