Theodore Thomas Cupp

October 21, 1925August 2, 2018
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Theodore Thomas Cupp, 92 of Aumsville, Oregon passed away on Thursday August 2, 2018. Born in Gervais, Oregon on October 21, 1925, Ted left Salem High School (now called North Salem), to join the United States Navy to serve in World War II. Ted served onboard the most decorated ship of World War II, the USS Enterprise CV-6 from 1943-1946, beginning at the Battle of Guadalcanal, and including Iwo Jima, and the Battle for Philippine sea.

In June 2011, he was the first graduate of the class of 2011 from North Salem High School, graduating 67 years after his scheduled class. As a new Fireman on the Salem Fire Department, he met Ella Maxine Pybas in 1950 while responding to a chimney fire at the home she was baby sitting in Salem, and on the spot invited her to the Annual Fireman’s Ball Gala (love at “First Fire”). They were married in November 1950 at the Skamania County Court House in Southwest Washington.

Ted served for 35 years on the Salem Fire Department as a decorated member, followed by 25 years of service to the Aumsville Rural Fire Department. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and was considered an expert in his field.

Ted had a passion for Hard Work, Farming, Navy History, Baseball, Fishing, Feeding Treats to Canine Friends, and Befriending anyone who would listen; and most of all, his beloved family of Maxine, sons Dennis Michael “Mike” of Salem (US Air Force service), Gary Don of Aumsville (Fire Fighter service), and Keith Brian of Vancouver, Washington (US Navy service, onboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65).

Ted and Maxine have 19 grand children, a growing number of great grand children, and so many friends, if counted, would itself show that his life, was “well lived” by selfless service to others.

A public celebration of Ted’s live will take place on Saturday August 25th at the Bethel Baptist 645 Cleveland St, Aumsville, Oregon 97325.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation .


  • Theodore Judd Cupp, Father
  • Blanche Amanda Cupp, Mother
  • Ella Maxine Cupp, Wife
  • Mike Cupp, Son
  • Gary Cupp, Son
  • Keith Cupp, Son
  • Nineteen grandchildren and a growing number of great grandchildren


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 25, 2018

Theodore Thomas Cupp

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Jane Beck Weitman

August 16, 2018

I spent many of my growing up years running in and out of Ted and Maxine's house with the boys and their cousin Carla. Ted and Maxine was always welcoming and loving. Ted would tease me and I would turn red and he would do it some more, but it was always with love and in fun. But there was another side of Ted, the one that would truly listen to a little girl when she needed someone to listen and to give advice. He also was not afraid to gently correct me if I was about to do something or doing something I shouldn't. There has been many years since I left that neighborhood and sadly I have only seen Ted once in 40 years and that is something that I will always regret. He probably never knew how much he meant to me, but I will never forget him.
My love and prayers go out to Maxine and the family. RIP Ted.


August 10, 2018

Ted is my Oregon dad. I am truly lucky and blessed to know the Cupp family. I lost a big piece of my heart when Ted passed. I think of the great walks, trips to Cracker Barrel and just sitting in the yard with coffee and a super treat from Maxine. The trip to have lunch with Mike and Robin was a real highlight for Ted, we talked about it all the way home. Maxine is the best friend. We are so happy to live across the street from this family. Time is just too short!
We love you, Jim and Bunny!

Marty Cioffi

August 7, 2018

My wife and I lived across the street from Ted and Maxine Cupp about seven and a half years. The very first day we moved in Ted came over and said "hi neighbor,I'm Ted Cupp and my wife (Max) live across the street. If you ever need help doing something or need a tool or need anything at all,you just ask
"That's how we do things here."
My wife (D.J.) and I have had fresh vegetables every year from the Cupps. Lots of coffee and iced tea. Ted and I even enjoyed chicken livers and homemade pickles.
Ted loved our dog Stubbs and Stubbs loved Ted . There was always a treat waiting for Stubbs waiting in Ted pocket.
Ted Cupp loved his family, loved being a veteran of W.W. ll and enjoyed his Sunday worship.
Ted truly lived by the "Golden Rule"
Ted, you will be missed!
Love Marty, D.J. and Stubbs

Billie J Reed

August 6, 2018

I didn't know Mr Cupp personally, but I want to thank him for serving our country. I do know his son Mike and family, my prayers are with you all, so sorry for your loss