The Legacy of Lloyd Shoppa
The name Lloyd Shoppa is well-known in many circles – and the legacy that he leaves behind will not soon be forgotten.
On Feb. 11, 2019, we said goodbye to Lloyd, father of Jim Shoppa, president of Shoppa’s Material Handling. Lloyd left his mark on Shoppa’s in many ways. After an illustrious career of his own in aviation with Bell Helicopter, Lloyd remained an integral part of Shoppa’s Material Handling in many ways.
He could often be found at Shoppa’s corporate headquarters, where he freely shared his wisdom and experience with our management team, helping us to become stronger, more efficient and more cohesive in countless ways. Many of us worked closely with Lloyd and were beneficiaries of his patience and guidance. Beyond that, Lloyd was vitally involved with spearheading the renovation and rebranding of our Saginaw location, helping to make it the great success it is today.
Lloyd was involved with all of his children’s lives and endeavors, joining Shoppa’s Material Handling in 1992 as chairman. He also joined Shoppa’s Farm Supply, a John Deere dealership owned by son Chris, as chairman and director in 1985.
Lloyd Shoppa attended Wharton County Junior College on a football scholarship and, after graduating, attended and graduated from the University of Texas. He worked for Texaco until 1964, when he left to join Bell Helicopter Textron, eventually spending 34 years with Bell with his last two, from 1995-1997, as president of the company. In 1997, Lloyd Shoppa was inducted into the National Management Association Hall of Fame in recognition of significant personal and professional contributions to the development of management and leadership.
Lloyd also believed strongly in civic duty and community support, giving his time and resources over the years to a number of causes, including:
- East Bernard Community Development Board since 2002
- Director of Capital Farm Credit since 2010
- President of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce
- President of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School Board
Lloyd Shoppa grew up with an old-fashioned and still applicable sense of hard work, ethics, integrity and honesty that he carried with him throughout his life. I know many of you will join our family and Lloyd’s beloved wife and our mother, Betty, as we say goodbye to a man who spent his life freely sharing his gifts of innovation, wisdom and courage. For those who wish, a full obituary may be viewed by clicking here.
Describing Lloyd as a great man cannot begin to describe him. The two plus years I worked with him taught me much. He was a proud and wonderful man who put family before everything else. The world will be hard pressed to find another man like Lloyd. He will be missed by so many people. May God bless him and his soul. My sympathies go out to Betty and the family.
My condolences to the Shoppa families. Lloyd was an inspirational leader. Every time I had the honor to meet with him, five minutes or one hour, I always came away with an understanding of an issue, a different viewpoint which I might not have had when the conversation began. Lloyd had such a gift for treating everyone with respect and purpose.