Staff sergeant Ellsworth Allen Raup III, 33, died suddenly on May 9, 2016, in Killeen.
Mr. Raup was born in Texas City on November 13, 1982. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from La Marque High School in 2001, where he was active in the ROTC program. After graduation he and Dana Pacheco-Raup were married on Oct. 29, 2001.
He had enlisted in the Marine Corps whilst still in high school and attended boot camp in November 2001.
During his time in the Marines, he served two deployments to Iraq and Honduras. He transferred to the Army in 2010 and he was trained as an EOD technician and served as a team leader with the 797th Ordnance Company and was also attached to the 752nd. He was deployed twice by the Army, once to Iraq and once to Kuwait.
He was awarded numerous medal and awards during his military career, including commendations from the Army, Marines, and the Joint Services.
Mr. Raup was a warm, loving and compassionate man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was the consummate jokester with a permanent smile on his face. Although he greatly enjoyed his motorcycle and sports of all kinds, his greatest passions were saved for his children.
Mr. Raup was preceded in death by his grandparents, Blanche Schaper, Joseph Smith, Alice Tipton and Milton Schultz Sr.; and mother-in-law, Charlene Pacheco.
Those who will miss Allen most will be his four children, Heaven Leigh Eva Raup, Johanna Emma Jade Raup, Ellsworth Allen Raup IV and Jane Charlotte Raup; his wife, Dana; his parents, Clarence and Rosalind Tipton and Allen and Denise Raup; his brother Joseph Milton Raup; as well as a host of close friends, family and his military brothers in arms.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the EOD Warrior Foundation.
The services are pending with Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City. Go to www.carnesfuneralhome.com to view updated service information.