Melvin Roy Schaupp died on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 at Welia Hospital in Mora. He was 84 years old.

He was born on March 14, 1937, in Hart, to Roy and Clara (Fegre) Schaupp. He graduated from Park Rapids High School and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He was a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves from 1954 to 1963. He had a one year extension with the Army because of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On May 21, 1966, he was united in marriage to Peggy Cartier in Minneapolis.

He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate degree from the U of M while working full time at General Mills Chemicals. 

The family moved to Mora in 1973 where he set up his law practice and also opened The Weapon Shop.  

He volunteered for many organizations through the years; soup stops and road crossings for the Vasaloppet, building Kids Kingdom and shelter with the Lions Club, serving as a member of the Conservation Club and on the board of the Greater Minnesota Credit Union.  

He taught gun safety every spring and fall for over 30 years. He was a proud member of the National Rifle Association. He was a patriot and an environmentalist.

His interests were vast. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gunsmithing, trap shooting, reloading, fly tying, walking in the woods, reading, snowmobiling, going to garage sales, cooking, baking, watching movies and many more things. His favorite place was the deer shack.  He was a loyal member of the hunting crew for 65 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Martha; infant brother, David; and brother, Allen.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy; children, Bruce (Lina) Schaupp, Bryan (Cheryl) Schaupp, Cheryl (Mike) Juris, Nicole (Steve) Sheldon and Noelle (Brian) Niskanen; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Military Honors will be provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201. Memorials are preferred to the family, in lieu of flowers, to be later designated to Mel’s favorite causes.  Condolences may be posted at

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