Earl Stoops

Shipman | Saturday, August 27 2022 |

Earl W. "Blue" Stoops, 84, of Shipman, IL, died at his residence on Saturday, August 27, 2022.  He was born May 14, 1938, in Keith Twp, IL to George Franklin Stoops & Allie Lavina O'Brien Stoops. 

He married Mary Lou Tebbe Stoops on September 5, 1959, in Carlinville, IL. 

He was retired after having been a machinist for Olin Corp for 41 years.  He was a veteran of the US Army after having served from 1960-1962.  Earl was a member of the American Legion Post 0578 Honor Guard.  He was a coach for the Piasa Indians basketball team.  He was an amateur ham radio operator for KE9W.  He was an avid baseball fan especially the St. Louis Cardinals.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and making people laugh.  He never knew a stranger. 

He is survived by his spouse, Mary Lou Stoops of Shipman, IL, children, David (Stacy) Stoops of Chesterfield, IL, Larry Stoops of Sanford, CO, Elaine (Dave) Fullriede of Edwardsville, IL, Becky (Darren) Courtoise of Piasa, IL, grandchildren, Nikki Summers of Edwardsville, IL, Devin Stoops of Wood River, IL, great-grandchild, Bella Summers of Edwardsville, IL, brother, Bill (Joyce) Stoops of Shipman, IL, several nieces, and nephews. 

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Carol Annette Stoops, brothers, Ivan Stoops, James Floyd Stoops, Leslie (Red) Stoops, sister, Betty Cunningham, and several nephews. 

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at  Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Funeral services are Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 10:00 am at SS Simon and Jude Church, Gillespie, IL. 

The burial will be at St. Denis Cemetery, Shipman, IL. 

Memorials are suggested to  Donor's Choice, American Legion of Bunker Hill, or SS Simon & Jude Church.  Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at

Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL  is in charge of the arrangements.

Obit Provided By:
Kravanya Funeral Home

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