Industry remembers Michigan operator Randy Cupp

Randy Cupp passed away suddenly on May 2 at age 67 at his home in Saginaw, Michigan.

The co-owner of Blue Lakes Charters & Tours is being remembered for his contribution to the motorcoach industry.

Randy Cupp
Randy Cupp

The family-owned, third-generation company provides transportation from points of origin throughout Michigan and Northern Ohio across North America. The Cupp family was involved with the Midwest Bus & Motorcoach Association (MBMCA).

“MBMCA was privileged to have known Randy Cupp. He was very caring and dedicated and will be missed greatly. Our prayers go out to the family during this difficult time,” said Cherie Hime, MBMCA Executive Director.

Five years ago, the International Motorcoach Group (IMG) welcomed the Clio, Michigan-based transportation company into its network.

Blue Lakes was asked to join because of its commitment to growing and improving the family-owned company and the values of safety, maintenance, training that are shared between the two organizations, said IMG President Bronwyn Wilson.

“Randy and his brother Dave were so proud when they became an IMG member,” Wilson said. “Randy said it was a privilege, and equally it was a privilege to have Randy as an active member of IMG. He will be greatly missed.” 

‘A great man’

Mark Szyperski, CEO of On Your Mark Transportation in Old Hickory, Tennessee, described Cupp as an industry leader who taught him a lot. 

“Randy Cupp is one of the reasons why I am where I am today,”  Szyperski said. “I am thankful to have worked for Randy and his brother, Dave. I learned much about the industry from him that I carry and share with others to this day. The industry has lost a great man.”

Cupp is survived by his wife, Lori; daughter Alison and Ryan Ensminger, of Lake Orion, Michigan; sons Nate and Sara Cupp, of Birch Run, Michigan, and Jason and Kelly Cupp, of Saginaw; a daughter at heart, Taylor McCollom, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Chase Cupp, Kylie Call, Seth Cupp, Colin Ensminger, Jeffery Cupp, Blake Cupp, Kaitlyn Ensminger, and Lola Bialorucki; one brother, David and Debi Cupp, of Saginaw; two sisters, Julie and Rick Reisig, of Rockford, Michigan, and Kari and Curt Chadwick, of Saginaw; and many nieces and nephews. Randy was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery Cupp.



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