William Shields Haupt Sr., 78, of Salem went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 1, 2011. Mr. Haupt was born on July 1, 1932, in Roanoke to the late George Boone and Ethel Mayo Haupt.
He was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Salem where he will truly be missed, especially by his fellow members within the choir where he loved to sing. His love for golf will also be remembered by fellow members at the Hanging Rock Golf Course, as well as those at Hidden Valley Golf Club.
Mr. Haupt was employed with Hajoca Corporation before retiring after 35 years. Before that he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves and served his country for 12 years including two years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, and a tour in Korea during the war.
He was a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School Class of 1951, of which he was very proud. His dedication didn’t cease at graduation, as he continued throughout the years to have an active roll in planning class reunions with his fellow classmates.
Except for being away for his service in the Navy, Mr. Haupt spent most of his life located in and around Salem, the place he always called home.
Preceding him death were his wife of 49 years, Betty Ann Bowman Haupt, and brothers George Haupt Jr., Earl Haupt and Ralph Haupt. Survivors include sons William Haupt and wife Sandy, Stephen Haupt and wife Karen, and Chris Haupt; daughter Debbe Haug, brother Robert Haupt, sisters Alice Wilburn, Joan Miles, Jean Danewood and Betty Nappier; grandchildren Whitney Haupt, Brandon Haupt, Tara Mitchell and husband Cory, Erik Haug, Justin Haug, Trevor Haupt, Somer Haupt, Julie Haupt and Emily Haupt; great-grandchildren Claire and Gibson Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to offer special thanks to his caregivers at Centra Health, Salem Veterans Affairs, Carilion Health System, and the special care given to him throughout the years by Dr. Gene Godwin. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 8, at First United Methodist Church in Salem with the Rev. Stephen Bray officiating.
The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service where a small reception will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the First United Methodist Church, 125 West Main Street, Salem, Va. 24153. Online condolences may be made by visiting, www.johnmoakey.com.