Raymond Edward Chupp

Dr. Raymond Edward Chupp, 82, of Simpsonville, loving husband of Mary Chupp went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 11, 2024, while surrounded by family.

Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, he was a son of the late Nathan and Margaret Chupp Jr.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dr. Michael (Pamela) Chupp, Richard (Beth) Chupp, Dr. Brian (BettyJo) Chupp, Christopher Chupp, Andrew (Alyssa) Chupp and Priscilla (Jessy) Haight; grandchildren, Steven (Rose) Chupp, Melody Chupp, Kayla (Matt) Rose, Ashley Chupp, John Ross, Hannah (Tony) Theaker, Ethan Chupp, Skylar Chupp, Bryce Chupp, Tynan Chupp, AJ Chupp, Amelia Chupp and Elizabeth Chupp; great grandchildren, Blakely Chupp, Alyssa, Kylie Ross, Christian Ross, Evie Theaker and Emmett Theaker; sisters, Barbara Hamke, Carolynne Bare and Marilynn Hammond and a sister-in-law, Darlene Chupp.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings, Bill Chupp III and Shirley Wachlin and a brother-in-law Jim Hamke.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Cannon-Byrd Funeral Home – Simpsonville, 313 N. Main St. Simpsonville, SC 29681.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 am at Clear Springs Baptist Church – 301 Bethany Rd. Simpsonville, SC 29681, officiated by Pastor David Shiflet. Dr. Chupp will be available to view at the church beginning at 10:00 am.

Interment will be held in Bunnell Cemetery in Frankfort, Indiana at a later date.

Memorials can be made to Gideon’s International.

Additional information is forthcoming.

Condolences to the family of Raymond Edward Chupp

  • Kent & Kim Vaughn
    2 months ago

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been in our prayers and will continue to be in the days and months to come. May you find the comfort that only God can provide during this time.

  • Debra Conley
    2 months ago

    Just before the New Year, Ray told Terry and me of your plans to come to Clear Spring. He always complimented and encouraged my music and when he told us of the plans, he laid out a short list of his favorite songs and asked me to play them the first Sunday of 2024. Ray did not make it to that service, but those songs he loved are the ones I plan to play this Saturday.
    He was such a sweet guy and I will miss hearing his encouraging words.

  • Marolynne Hammond
    2 months ago

    I remember well 500 race days at your house. So many good memories. You and Mary hospitality King and Queens. You ran your race well my brother Eddie( Ray)
    See ya later.

  • Kenneth Van Treuren
    2 months ago

    Ray was a great man and left a great legacy to the gas turbine world. I was privileged to have known and worked with Ray at Turbo Expo. He will be missed.

  • Michael Pekris
    2 months ago

    Sincere condolences. Ray was a wonderful engineer and person, and an inspiration to all. From reading his technical papers in the early days of my PhD in turbine sealing, to getting to know Ray over the last decade or so at ASME, it has been an absolute pleasure. Grateful for the opportunity to dine with Mary and Ray in Boston in 2023.
    He will be missed, but leaves a great legacy.

    • Nirm Nirmalan
      2 months ago

      Our condolences to Mary and family from Dushy & Nirm

      I put together come of my memories of Ray from the first time I met him.

      I met Ray Chupp for the first time at my first Turbo Expo convention in Toronto 1989. I was then working for Allison Gas Turbine and was introduced to Ray by Dave Nealy since he was an ex-Allison engineer. From then on, we would meet often at subsequent Turbo Events Expos. At the Cincinnati 1993 Turbo Expo, I gave him a ride from Cincinnati to Indy after the conference and we spent the two hour drive catching up about our family and friends.

      Fast forward six years later: in early 1999, we came to find out that we both had accepted jobs at the GE Research Center. Long story short, I realized that Ray had a two bedroom apt and that both of our families were only going to join us in the summer. Hence, Ray and I shared the apartment for four months. Some days I would cook and he got used to spicy Sri Lankan food, so later Mary had to have Tabasco Sauce to satisfy Ray’s new taste. After our families joined us in New York, we lived reasonably nearby in Niskayuna and would meet socially too. Although we worked in different departments at GRC, we would meet for lunch at the cafeteria almost every day. In 2006, Ray moved to Greenville and since we both worked in the same area, I would visit Mary and Ray whenever I visited in Greenville. Since I worked very closely with GE Power, I would see Ray regularly. We would also catch up at the Turbo Expos around the world. In 2012, Ray retired from GE, and at the same time I moved to GE Aviation in Cincinnati. Our contact became We met up much less frequently but we still generally kept in touch and would reunite at the Turbo Expos.

      Eventually I retired in 2017 and did a stint in GE Poland; at that time I would meet Ray only at the Turbo Expos. However, during the pandemic days, Ray initiated an once-every-two weeks Zoom call with a few friends from the Turbo Expo community: Rob Krewinkel from Germany, now Austria, and Aaron Bowsher from England. These Zoom calls were just chats for an hour on general stuff about family and work. I met Ray at the Turbo Expo in Boston in June 2023 and hoped we would meet in London for the 2024 Turbo Expo. He thought that might be his last trip to Turbo Expo. We had a Zoom chat last December and decided to do the next one in January.

      Ray was such a wonderful person and we have been more than close friends for 35 years and I am going to really miss his cheerful smile on the Zoom meetings. I have a habit of doing year-end blog of our family wanderings and Ray always waited to read it. He always said that he felt like he had traveled with us after reading my blogs.

      Rest in peace Ray, and I will miss our bi-weekly zoom chats.

      Love from Nirm.

  • Aaron Bowsher
    2 months ago

    Ray was a true giant of the sealing world, not in the traditional sense but in his knowledge, a knowledge that he loved to share with others, especially young engineers.

    Ray worked with Cross from the 1980’s, building a close relationship with the late Ralph Flower and his wife Jean. We worked with Ray first when he was at the Allison Engine Co, then at Teledyne, when he moved to Westinghouse, we again worked very closely with him. Saim Dinc at GE Global Research then encouraged Ray to join his team in Albany, the winters were too cold up there and Ray moved south to GE Power in Greenville, but all the time still working closely with Cross.

    Soon after he retired Ray delivered training at Cross to the engineering team, his enthusiasm for sharing his detailed knowledge never waned. He then joined us as a sales consultant, on a part time basis, travelling extensively in the USA and further afield with the Cross team but with Aaron Bowsher over period of nearly 10 years.

    Travelling with Ray was always an education, with his vast back catalogue of technical publications, many additional engineers would turn up at meetings to meet him, it was sometimes daunting when you expected a meeting with 4 or 5 engineers and on one occasion over fifteen turned up!

    Ray liked his food and enjoyed the social aspects of travelling, we even managed to convert him into a cider drinker.

    He will greatly missed by all at Cross.

    Our sincere condolences to Mary and family

    Pete & Aaron On behalf of Cross Manufacturing (United Kingdom)

  • Mark Okamoto
    2 months ago

    Dear Mrs. Chupp,

    I regretted very much to learn of the death of your husband. because I clearly remember
    him being full of life when he was at the ASME Turbo EXPO 2023 in Boston, MA., U.S.A.
    in last June, 2023.

    I offer my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Yours sincerely,
    Mark Okamoto in Kobe, Japan

  • Andrew Nix
    2 months ago

    So terribly sorry to hear about the passing of my friend Ray. As a student, Ray always treated me with respect and was very encouraging. He attended my first ever ASME IGTI conference presentation and I remember well Ray engaging with me after the session 20+ years ago. As I advanced in my professional career, Ray became a colleague and friend who I always enjoyed visiting with, even if only once every year. Rest in peace, my good friend.


  • Gregory Laskowski
    2 months ago

    Very sorry to hear this sad news. I will always cherish the time I was able to spend with him at our annual ASME conference. He always had a bright smile that warmed the room. His family is in my thoughts.

  • Lorenzo Cocchi
    2 months ago

    I had the luck of meeting Dr. Chupp at ASME Turbo Expo 2019 in Phoenix: I have been extensively using his studies in my work, so I really felt honored to be able to meet him in person. In that occasion, I discovered that he also was a great and pleasant man, talking with me about his early days in the research field and encouraging my work. We will all miss him.
    My most sincere condolences go to his family for their loss.

  • Pepe Palafox
    2 months ago

    Very sorry to hear about Ray’s loss. Ray was the friendliest and warmest person at IGTI I can remember. Seeing his warm smile at the IGTI conference was for me a sign of being welcomed by the Heat Transfer community, which he represented so very well. I will miss his always positive and cheery personality.
    My sincerest condolences to his family.

  • Mounir Ibrahim
    2 months ago

    Ray was a great man and left a great legacy to the gas turbine world. I was privileged to have known and worked with him at Turbo Expo. He has a great sense of humor, always encouraging and supportive. He will be missed. I offer my sincere sympathy to all the family.
    Yours sincerely,
    Mounir Ibrahim, Cleveland, Ohio (Chair of K-14, 2006-2008)

  • John Chew
    2 months ago

    Dear Mary,

    So sorry to to hear that Ray has passed. I think we first met when Ray was at Westinghouse and I was at Rolls-Royce. Ray came to Derby and we discussed air systems methods and brush seals under a technology exchange agreement. We.ve had may discussions since. It was a great pleasure to work with him – a great character, a complete professional and a stalwart supporter of the ASME and Turbo Expo. I’ll miss him.

    With sincere condolences,
    John Chew, Surrey, UK.

  • Ting Wang
    2 months ago

    It is sad to hear Ray passing away. I have known Ray for over three decades since he was in Westinghouse. I had the luck of working closely with him when he served as Chair of Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Committee and I was vice chair in 2010-2012. It was a pleasant experience working with him. He was always thoughtful, accommodating, and cheerful.

    Rest in peace, my friend; you will be dearly missed. My sincerest condolence to Ray’s family.

    Ting Wang, New Orleans.

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