Joe F. Upchurch died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna in the presence of his wife, Nancy Marvilene, his son, Bill, and his daughter-in-law, Sharon. He was 79.
Mr. Upchurch was born May 2, 1923, in Paris, Texas, of the union between Lena Leona Hogan and Chester Leonard Upchurch. Mr. Upchurch served in the United States Army as an infantryman during World War II, landing at Normandy just days after the invasion, and fighting across Europe to end the war in Nuremberg. He remained proud of having served his country, and maintained a lifelong respect for the nation's flag.
He came to Alaska in 1957, and worked at the Port of Whittier. In the years following, the Upchurch family lived at Portage and Anchorage.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Joe Upchurch of Paris, Texas; brother, Chester Freeman Upchurch of Paris; and sister, Mary Ethel Jane Clark of Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Mr. Upchurch is survived by his wife, Nancy Marvilene; daughters, Nancy Nell Nelson of Soldotna and Karen Ann Higley of Baker, Ore.; sons, Billy Mac Upchurch of Eagle River and Kenneth Ray Upchurch of Bandera, Texas; and sister, Betty June McCool of Duncanville, Texas; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorials be sent to Heritage Place, 232 Rockwell, Soldotna, AK 99669 or call (907) 262-2545.
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