Ralph G. Stup, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture reporter and former longtime Elkridge resident, died Monday of heart failure at Seminole Shores Living Center in Norton Shores, Mich. He was 89.
Mr. Stup was born and raised in Derwood, Montgomery County, and graduated in 1937 from Sherwood High School.
During World War II, he served in the Army as a meat inspector. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant.
After the war, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry in 1950.
He began working in 1950 for the USDA as a reporter for the agency's news service. He held assignments in Thomasville, Ga., Atlanta, Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis before retiring and moving to Elkridge in 1975.
"He reported on livestock markets, and this information was published by the USDA for use by cooperatives, newspapers and other news sources," said his daughter, Catherine Jane Corrado of Fremont, Mich.
Mr. Stup was an avid gardener and golfer.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pfeiffer Corners, Howard County.
His wife of 65 years, the former Leona K. Zeltman, died in January.
Plans for a memorial service to be held at his church later this summer were incomplete yesterday.
Also surviving are two grandsons and two great-grandsons.