Mark "Shoepop" Schoeppner, 61, beloved husband, father, son, brother, "papa" and friend, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. He left this world surrounded by his loved ones, having lived twice as long as he expected but half as long as he should have. Mark liked to race cars and shoot guns, and he was darned good at it. He worked like a mad man his whole life until he retired several years ago. Since then he spent his time relaxing in his big brown chair with the TV blaring and restoring cars and motorcycles. His garage was always open to the endless flow of visitors seeking his vast knowledge, opinions, or tools. He enjoyed family, cars, guns, cars, friends, guns, cars, grandkids, cars, motorcycles and guns. And cars. He was his wife's soul mate, his children's hero, his family's strength and his friends' shoulder. He was loved, praised, respected and poorly impersonated by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He cherished those closest to him, and he would do anything he could for them. The world has lost a class act, and heaven has gained an angel. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Merle Schoeppner. He is survived by wife Judy Schoeppner, daughter Kim Bartlett and husband Bryan, son Timothy Schoeppner and wife Kara, grandchildren Avery and Brycen Bartlett, mother Angie Schoeppner, sister Kathy Schoeppner, brothers Tim (Mitzie) and Steve (Carol) Schoeppner, Janet (Jack) Lamkin, Jack (Charlene) Curry, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Memorial Medical Center's CCU and the staff at Mesilla Valley Hospice. There will be a memorial mass held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary. A celebration of Mark's life will follow, where you can tell his stories that he can no longer share. They won't be as good as him telling them, but we'll give it a shot!
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Oct. 12, 2012