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James L. Cupps

March 1, 1946 ~ May 20, 2021 (age 75)


James L Cupps, age 75, of St. Paris, OH passed away in his home on Thursday, May 20, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. 

Born on March 1, 1946, in Urbana Ohio. Jim was a son of Bill Bowling of London, KY who survives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Icy Venrick, step father Kenneth Venrick, a sister, Brenda Jo Jeffers, brothers, Kenneth Glenn Venrick and Robert Bruce Venrick and a son in-law, Douglas Klipstine.

He married Connie Sizemore, his childhood sweetheart, soul mate and best friend on August 6, 1965 and she survives. 

Together they raised three wonderful children, James W. (Nicole) Cupps, Sheila (Mike) White and Cynthia Klipstine. He is survived by two brothers, Terry (Anne) Venrick of Pleasant Hill, and Randy (Tammy) Venrick of Greenville and two sisters, Loraine Venrick Kerns of St. Paris, and Becky Venrick Murphy of Pleasant Hill.

His grandchildren brought him great pride and joy. His grandchildren are, Blake Anne Cupps of Columbus, Allysa Cantrell of Troy, Harrison Ray Klipstine, Joseph James Klipstine both of London and Dr. Paul Corbit Geuy of Columbus and Texas.

Jim was retired from NKP parts in Sidney, Ohio as the Transportation Manager and had formerly worked at Grimes Manufacturing in Urbana.

He owned Jim’s Pizza Chalet along with his wife and daughter Cynthia & owned C & J Dog Boarding with his wife.

Jim built beautiful furniture for his family; he was a great wood craftsman and rebuilt a 1947 Chevy Fleet master from the frame up. He loved his two dogs, Sally and Jerry Lee and his horse, Big John. He loved to go horseback trail riding. The most important thing to him was his family.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:00 am in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St, St. Paris, Ohio with Pastor Joshua Kespelher presiding.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris. 

Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the funeral home.

Donations in Jim’s name can be made to the First Church of God, P.O. Box 543, St. Paris, Ohio 43072. Condolences to the family may be sent to

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May 24, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Atkins-Shively Funeral Home
216 S. Springfield Street
Saint Paris, OH 43072

Funeral Service
May 25, 2021

11:00 AM
Atkins-Shively Funeral Home
216 S. Springfield Street
Saint Paris, OH 43072

Interment following funeral service
May 25, 2021

Evergreen Cemetery
S High Street
St. Paris, OH 43072


First Church of God
P.O. Box 543, St Paris OH 43072

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