Eugene and Mary Sukup of Sheffield, Iowa, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Eugene George Sukup and Mary Elizabeth Bielefeld were married February 24, 1952 at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield, Iowa.
The couple engaged in farming in West Fork township near Dougherty and in 1963 they began Sukup Manufacturing Co. in a welding shop in Sheffield. It has grown to be the world’s largest family-owned grain bin manufacturer.
Eugene has served on the Franklin County 4-H Committee, local school board and Waldorf College Board of Regents. He is a member of the Iowa Inventor’s Hall of Fame, has twice received the Governor’s New Product Award, and along with his wife, Mary, was recently inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. Eugene and Mary were recently made honorary alumni of Iowa State University. Mary has been active in the business since it’s inception. She has also been active with the Tentmakers Youth Ministries and Lutheran Women’s Groups.
Eugene and Mary have been blessed with two sons - Charles and Mary Sukup of Dougherty and Steven & Vicki Sukup of Clear Lake. Their blessings continue with six grandchildren, Nick Sukup, Crystal and Matt Koch (Lily & Zander), and Emily and Andy Schmitt all of Clear Lake; Elizabeth Sukup, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Andrew Sukup, Iowa City; Jonathan Sukup, Ames.
Greetings may be sent to them at PO Box 677, Sheffield, IA 50475.