Jack Harold Lopshire

Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2007



Soldotna resident Jack Lopshire died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He was 80.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the Funny River Lutheran Church on Rabbit Run Road. Pastor George Rakos will officiate. Mr. Lopshire will be buried at Spruce Grove Cemetery. A gathering will follow at Jack’s Place. The VFW and American Legion will perform military honors.

Mr. Lopshire was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Camargo, Okla., to Thomas and Orpha Lopshire. When he was 17, he entered the U.S. Navy serving in the South Pacific in World War II until being discharged in 1946. He moved to Anchorage in 1974 for 20 years, until retiring to Soldotna in 1994. He owned and operated Spenard Plastering Co. for many years.

He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, flying, traveling, reading and spending time with family.

“Jack loved life, family, friends, sports and afternoon toddies. You would often find him socializing with his neighbors at Isom’s Cafe or making dollar bets with his friend Dan. Jack always supported his family, slipping $50 bills into birthday and Christmas cards. And he enjoyed his friends! Monday Night football parties with the Bonks, Knorrs, Sutherlins, Tulloses, Wilsons, bingo on Saturday nights, winter trips to the Lower 48 visiting family, and Nickels with the ladies — Ruth, Barbara, Donna and Bunny. You could say Jack was a bit of a ladies man. With the exception of his son-in-law, Chuck, and great-grandson, Chase, he was surrounded by women, much to his enjoyment,” his family said.

“He relished in achievements of his daughters and granddaughters. He would brag of Dena’s accomplishments, going back to college and attaining her teaching degree, and Debby’s success in business management. Jack loved to boast about the college education shared between and also about his granddaughters, Jamie, Michelle and Danielle. Jack loved teasing his family and friends. Granddaughter, Danielle, as soon as she could talk, she used to just point and say, ‘Don’t!’ He would reply with a mischievous smile, ‘Don’t what?’ His memory lives on through family, the people he knew, his stories and the buildings he constructed. His famous words were, ‘I’ve done that twice; the first and the last.’ We will miss you, Jack, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Granddad.”

Mr. Lopshire was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Thelma and Helen Lopshire; five brothers; and two sisters.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Lynn and Nanako Lopshire, and Scotty and Lucille Lopshire, all of California; daughters and sons-in-law, Dena and Charles Pettijohn of Soldotna and Debby and Al Luzey of North Carolina; granddaughters, Michelle Pettijohn of Soldotna, Danielle Pettijohn of Soldotna and Jamie Rogers of North Carolina; great-grandson, Chase Haman of Soldotna; grandson-in-law, Matt Rogers of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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