Aug. 2, 1918-Oct. 30, 2013
DALLAS — Edward Alexander Chupa (Steady Eddy), formerly of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, from natural causes while in residence at Lexington Place Assisted Living in Dallas, Texas.
A World War II veteran, football coach, educator, Scoutmaster and avid golfer, Ed was born Aug. 2, 1918, to John and Mary Chupa in Lucerne Mines, Pa. Ed graduated from Lorain High School and attended Murray State Teacher’s College on a football scholarship. He played guard for the Thoroughbreds, wearing jersey No. 53. He was awarded the Stewart Memorial blocking trophy and was named all-star guard in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic conference. He received his BA in June 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army. Ed served as an MP at Fort Knox, Ky., as a Physical Reconditioning Specialist and USO Liaison Officer at Fletcher General Hospital from1942 to 1946. Ed directed physical therapy for the recovering GI’s returning from World War II’s European and Pacific theaters. This is where he met his future wife, Marjorie Dundore.
Ed was honorably discharged in April 1946, with a Meritorious Conduct Medal. He and Marjorie were married in June of 1946. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Under the GI Bill, Ed earned a master’s in Physical Education at Western Reserve University. He was hired as a coach and physical education instructor at John Adams High School. He also ran the citywide summer sports program, where he helped organizethe first Junior Olympics event. Ed then went on to become the director of physical education and head football coach (1950 to 1954) at Hiram College. Hiram was chosen as the site of the Cleveland Browns summer training camp. Ed served as the liaison between the Browns and the College. He was then hired as coach and physical education instructor (1955 to 1961) at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.
Relocating to southern Idaho in 1962, Ed was hired as athletic director and instructor in a pioneering effort to start a community college in Buhl, Southern Idaho College. This was not to be; SIC later became CSI, the College of Southern Idaho under the leadership of Dr. James Taylor. Ed went on to complete his teaching career at Twin Falls Senior High School. He taught American government and his brainchild course, world affairs. He retired from teaching in 1984. Ed was active in Scouting; he was a Scoutmaster for the Ascension Episcopal Church Scout Troop 61. For two years, he served as camp director for the Snake River Council’s Camp Bradley. He was a merit badge counselor for years. In recognition of his service to Scouting, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Snake River Council on April 30, 1993.
Ed loved golf. He served as the starter for tournaments at the Municipal Golf Course and was a member ofboth Twin Falls Muni andCanyon Springs Golf Course.He also served as theIGA Handicap Chairman.Ed supported the American Federation of Teachers and the Democratic Party of Idaho and advocated with his elected representatives for the adoption of a national pension plan. Ed enjoyed fly-fishing, fly-tying, hunting, woodworking, crossword puzzles, badgering manipulative scam artists and, prior to his passing, practiced tap dancing with his fingers on the dinner table at “the old-folks home.” He would want his buddies at the retired teacher’s breakfast to know he won’t be joining them Monday at their usual table but to have a cup of coffee for him anyway — his treat.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and John Chupa; sisters, Gladys Kleinhenz and Irene Chupa; andbrother, John Chupa. Ed is survived by his wife, Marjorie Chupa; sister, Janice Chupa; his children: Patricia Chupa, James Chupa (Betsy), Mike Chupa (Joyce) and Chris Chupa (Lynn); grandchildren: Jamie Ann andMorgan; and great-grandson, Kendall.