Leland C. ‘Tripper’ Shoaf III
Leland C. “Tripper” Shoaf III, 68, passed from this world after losing his battle with cancer on August 9, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.
Tripper grew up in Grand Detour, Il. and attended Dixon High School and the Univ. of Colorado. The freedom and joy he experienced in his childhood carried into his adult life. He grew up on the Rock River swimming and boating and for almost 50 years he never missed the annual float trip with all his friends and The Glad Boys – Jimsy, Don, Lindsay and Denny. The weekends in the winter were spent skiing with his family in Mt Horeb, WI. Tripper’s love of the sport took him to Aspen, Colorado where he taught skiing for a few years before returning to Schaumburg, Il. where he raised his daughters, Angela and Elizabeth. He was an entrepreneur and self-made man and was dedicated to his business, CCS Flooring which flourished for almost 40 years.
He continued to enjoy skiing his entire adult life mostly at Chestnut Mountain with all his Galena buddies. His biggest passion was his Irish Setters and competing with them at Field Trials. He spent every spring and fall with all of his dog buddies running the dogs and riding horses. Trip was also a real music man. He loved to attend concerts and wouldn’t miss Lollapalooza.
He is survived by his daughters, Angela and Elizabeth; mother and step-father, Elizabeth and Alan Benefiel; brother, Jeffrey Shoaf; sister and brother-in-law, Lezlie (Shoaf) and John Mayer and nieces, Emily (Mayer) Jackson and Natalie (Mayer) Johnson. He was preceded in death by his father in 2013.
Funeral will be Sept. 15 at high noon at the Grand Detour Cemetery, reception immediately following. May Lee always rest in peace; he will be missed.
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