Chris A. Upp

August 31, 1973 - March 15, 2023
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With great sorrow, the Upp family announces the passing of our beloved, kind, amazing gift of a person, Chris A Upp, at the age of 49. Words that describe Chris overflow like a fountain from the mouths that knew him, as he lived a beautiful poetic life from start to end. Chris gained his angel wings on March 15, 2023. Chris
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Sean McLanahan left a message on March 24, 2023:
First time I ever met Chris was on the 1st tee at Pebble Beach in April of 2004. There was an instant connection. We were both there for a NSSGA Young Leaders meeting, but our love of golf is what brought us together and kept us friends for 20 years! Over the years we'd get back together to play golf, talk about work, how our lives were changing, how families were growing, and to just catch up.. Every so often he'd send me a pic we took that day at Pebble Beach...I cherish it! Jill and family...sorry I couldn't be there for the condolences as I wish you inner peace and strength for the times ahead. All my love, Sean
Alan Parks left a message on March 24, 2023:
My deepest condolences to all who new and loved Chris. I had the pleasure to get to know Chris through his work at the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, particularly the Young Leaders. We also had a kinship by being alums of Rolla. He was always the gentleman, a down to earth guy and a real pleasure to talk to. Through our association with Young Leaders my wife Alishia and I were honored to meet Jill and get to know her and Chris together. We are both so sorry for the tremendous loss to your family, our prayers are with you.
Michelle Bartley-Taylor & John Taylor left a message on March 24, 2023:
Sending love, strength, and prayers to Jill and entire family. John and I have many fond memories of your entire family during our time in Missouri and at Campbell United Methodist Church. Chris was always warm and welcoming and brought light to every room and conversation. Peace to you all. Michelle, John, Nicole, Hannah, Jacob, and Matt Taylor
Mark Kuhar left a message on March 23, 2023:
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Chris. I have known him for many years through his work with Conco Companies, and always enjoyed talking to him about his family, the aggregates industry, golf and the St. Louis Cardinals. he was one great guy and he will be very much missed.
Clint Kahler & Heather Broyles left a message on March 23, 2023:
Our heartfelt condolences to the Upp family. Chris was always a great friend throughout the years from preK through high school and college when we reconnected. Chris will be truly missed but always remembered as the wonderful friend, husband, and father he grew up to be.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Joe Fearn left a message on March 23, 2023:
My deepest condolences on Chris’s passing. He was kind, generous, and had a great, if a bit off kilter, sense of humor. What I’ll always remember about him was touring the quarry where he worked with him. It was supposed to be a short trip to buy some boulders. But after several hours with a clearly proud and excited “Mr. Slate” I left knowing a lot about his operation and a new found respect for geology. A truly good dude. One of a kind. He will be missed. All the Upp family has my prayers and best wishes. Sincerely, Joe Fearn
Dave stillings left a message on March 23, 2023:
Chris was a great boss. I have a lot of good memories of him. My condolences to Jill and her family. Chris will be greatly missed.
Dean McDaniel left a message on March 22, 2023:
My sympathies for the family. I just had the pleasure of meeting Chris at a work function in Tulsa this year and was truly impressed by him and his story. The most genuine man and obviously a very caring individual. He will be missed.
Hannah Shipley left a message on March 22, 2023:
I am so heartbroken with this news. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so blessed to have known Chris and been there through the journey with him. Chris was a patient of mine at Chub O'Reilly and he and his wife hold a big place in my heart. My sincerest condolences for the Upp family. You have my deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Chris will forever be in my heart. Sending all the love and prayers your way.
Piper Fearn left a message on March 22, 2023:
Dear Upps, My heart hurts for you all????I am thankful to Chris and you all for having Eli over so frequently. He loved hanging out in your basement. My memory of Chris is on Fall retreat. He was a well oiled cooking machine. esp. pancakes???? He had a word he kept saying which I found so funny. It was something like bazinga? I wish I could remember it. I’m praying for healing, peace, and strength for you all. Much Love! Piper Fearn
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Ken A Stephens left a message on March 20, 2023:
Had good golfing times with Chris at Twin Oaks!
Tori Turner left a message on March 20, 2023:
Uncle Chris, taken from us far too soon. His memory and impact on our lives will never be forgotten. Our hearts are broken and we will continue to lift Aunt Jill, Nathan, Tristan, and Ryan up in prayer. All our love ????
Rob Fulop left a message on March 20, 2023:
My prayers go out to the entire Upp family. As you know, he was a great guy who was liked, loved and respected in the aggregate industry. He was a wealth of knowledge it was always good to get his perspective on things. We all looked forward to seeing him, ripping each other's sports teams, etc. and generally having a good time. He's left all of us way too soon, but his legacy lives on. Chris, until we meet again, brother. God bless you. Rob Fulop
Janice Dooly left a message on March 20, 2023:
Gail, I am so sorry to read this about Chris. My heart breaks for you.
David Cornelison left a message on March 19, 2023:
My deepest sympathy to Jill and the family. After I joined Campbell, I joined the choir and it was there I got to know Chris. I sat in the bass section and he anchored the tenors. What I remember was his dedication and his love for singing. I did not get to know him as well as I would have liked, but it was obvious he was a great man and hewill be dearly missed.
Tom & Judy Flanagan left a message on March 19, 2023:
Sympathy and prayers go out to your family.
Ted & Joanne Bourbon left a message on March 19, 2023:
Prayers to Family.
Jack and Fran Hood left a message on March 19, 2023:
Jill, just know that our hearts are there with you and the boys although we can`t be in body. We will forever have the sweet picture of your family sitting in front of us at church. God be close.
Steve & Tammy Turk left a message on March 18, 2023:
Gail, Amy, Jay, and Chris' wife and all your children and extended family we are so very sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts & prayers, Steve & Tammy Turk, from the old Grace UMC days.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ron Carter left a message on March 17, 2023:
Jill, what a hard fight Chris fought to remain with you and your boys as long as he could!! Chris was always so good to me while I worked for Conco. Me and my family will always cherish the efforts you and Chris made to be at my retirement gathering!! May God surround you and the boys with His peace that passes all understanding. How blessed Chris was to have you by his side through this difficult journey. Ron & Ginny Carter
Kwame Awuah-Offei left a message on March 17, 2023:
Chris is an alum of the mining engineering program at Missouri S&T and served on the industry advisory board. I have known Chris since 2007 and he has been very supportive of our program. He attended every board meeting he could and was very quick to respond to any request. He mentored many students through the years through internships and hosting field trips. He was always willing to offer young engineers (sometimes even freshmen) a chance to develop through his internship program. I wonder how many mining engineers around the country got their first mining job under Chris. His Rolla family will miss him dearly. Our prayers go out to his wife and sons.
Jim Taylor left a message on March 17, 2023:
I have known Chris since 1992 when I started at University of Mo Rolla. He was a great supporter of the mining department and was always willing to help. Chris was on the school mine rescue team while in college. Prayers for his wife and boys
Oji Johnson left a message on March 17, 2023:
My deepest condolences to your family. I am sending you uplifting prayers and thoughts, in your family time of need.
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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