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Obituary: Robert James Schaupp

Feb. 25, 1929 – April 15, 2024

Robert “Bob” James Schaupp, 95, of De Pere, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday afternoon, April 15, 2024 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in De Pere. His passing is mourned by his wife, family and friends.

Born on Feb. 25, 1929, Robert was the second of two children born to Henry and Ida Schaupp of Wausau, Wisconsin. He married Joan Ann Pomprowitz on September 4, 1956. They were married for over 67 years.

As a child, Robert attended St. Mary’s grade school in Wausau and later Wausau East High School. A born leader, he was the editor-in-chief of the Wausau East High School newspaper “The Skyrocket” and a member of the YMCA youth group TORCH. He remained a strong supporter of the YMCA for the rest of his life. Robert was a Boy Scout and attended Badger Boys State after his junior year of high school.

With the help of a YMCA scholarship, he attended Lawrence College in Appleton and became the business manager for the college yearbook, The Ariel. Robert was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and in his later years took a great interest in mentoring members of this fraternity. He graduated from Lawrence in 1951 with a degree in economics. He was a very strong and active supporter of Lawrence University for the entirety of his life.

Robert was drafted by the United States Army after college and spent most of his time in Post Intelligence at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

He was married to Joan after returning from Alaska and in 1957 joined LCL Transit Company, Green Bay, an interstate/intrastate motor transport company founded by his father-in-law in 1926.

After serving in a variety of management roles, including personnel, safety, sales and operations, Robert was elected chaiman of the board in 1966. He later became president and CEO of the company in 1981 and it was then reorganized under the name of P&S Investment Company, Inc. in honor of the close business partnership between Robert and Joan (“Pomprowitz and Schaupp”). He often served in alternating terms with his wife as chairman of the board, growing it into a prominent hauler of liquid edibles. Robert worked for the company for over half a century, partnering with his wife to preserve the family legacy.

Professionally, Robert is past chairman and was a long-standing director of the executive committee of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, and was the Association’s delegate to the American Trucking Association; past chair and also a director of the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC). He received the NTTC Lifetime Service Award in 2014 and the NTTC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

In 1993, he was elected as the Beta Theta Pi National Fraternity vice-president and member of the board of trustees. In 1996, he was elevated to the position of national president of Beta Theta Pi for a three-year term. He also served on Beta’s advisory council of former trustees for some years. It was during his term as president that the earliest steps were taken to research and identify what was to become Beta Thera Pi’s benchmark Men of Principle initiative. He was awarded Beta Theta Pi’s distinguished Oxford Cup award in 2003.

Robert also served his alma mater, Lawrence University, for many decades. He was a president of the Lawrence University Alumni Association, a member of the Lawrence 150 Steering Committee and was a long-time member of the University’s board of trustees and its executive committee. In addition, he was a president of the Founders Club and also served as chairman of the university’s audit committee.

A great Door County enthusiast, Robert was a long-time board member of the Ephraim Historical Foundation as well as a member of the Ephraim Yacht Club. In addition to this, he was a staunch supporter and board member of the Door County YMCA for many decades. He also spearheaded fundraising efforts to enhance facilities and programs at Björklunden, Lawrence University’s Door County Campus. Robert spent many weekends with his wife, children and grandchildren at their residences in Ephraim. His grandchildren were a special joy in his life and he often spent quality time with them in Ephraim.

Robert loved broadway musicals. He made numerous trips to New York and London with Joan to experience the spectacular theatrical productions.

Robert and Joan also enjoyed traveling to other locales, making countless trips to places in Europe and throughout the world. Robert cherished his German heritage and was in contact with distant relatives from the old country. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed histories and biographies. He was a devoted son and visited his mother regularly. Robert Schaupp was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather always concerned with the well-being of his family.

Robert is survived by his wife Joan Schaupp of De Pere; a daughter Peggy (Eric) Siebert of Lake Forest, Illinois; a son Fritz (Melissa) Schaupp of Wilmette, Illinois; a son Hans (Mary) Schaupp of Allouez; a daughter Ilse (Chuck) Sidles of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Given Robert’s special love for Ephraim, memorial gifts can be sent to the Door County YMCA or the Ephraim Historical Foundation.