John Martin Schaupp was born June 27, 1921 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Judge John M. and Hazel (Woods) Schaupp. He attended Fort Dodge schools and graduated high school from St. John's Military Academy in Wisconsin. John attended Grinnell College and then enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during World War II in the Solomon Islands. After the service, he went to Michigan where he attended General Motors School. John returned to Fort Dodge and was later married to Frances Kramme. John worked for Gjelefold Construction for many years. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and stock car racing. He liked hiking and exploring throughout the United States. John collected Native American artifacts and he had a passion for buying things that he didn't need. He was past president of the Fort Dodge Snowmobilers Club and an active JayMar coffee club participant. John especially enjoyed Lake Okoboji throughout his lifetime.