Jack Edward Dopler
August 2, 1939 – June 13, 2018
Heavenly Angels Rejoiced on 13 June 2018
LTC Jack Edward Dopler
A very special and loved husband, father, brother and friend
entered into his eternal heavenly home, joining loved ones already there.
He left behind his wife Kathy, 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren
and his sister, Karen.
His hope was that all his remaining and increasing loved ones join him and his Lord, forever.
Jack had accomplished so many things in his life on earth: Boy Scouts, academic accomplishments, several sports, including high school star football player. He was the running back for his team and still holds the fastest speed record for the Ohio Valley.
Jack entered West Point military academy at the age of 17. Here he excelled and became accomplished in flight school at the head of the class. He received the distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Silver Star.
Jack flew the Cobra gunship in Vietnam and was shot down 7 times. During his career he received many other medals for bravery and accomplishments.
Jack’s final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery with full honors, which will be announced at a future date. (We were told between 3 to 6 months) Jack so loved and honored America and never forgot his West Point Motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.”
Upon reflection of my dear husband’s life, I would say that he loved football (and that is an understatement), most sports, fishing and golfing. He also loved flying helicopters. Jack was a poet and some of his poems were published in, “Best Poems of 1998”; (The National Library of Poetry, A Celebration of Poets) (Showcase Edition) and “Poetic voices of America”!
There are too many things to mention here, But out of them all, he loved his Lord the most and once said, “That being a Christian and learning about his Savior was the most exciting part of his life, even more exciting than Vietnam!”
We will all miss you darling. We all loved you, still love you and always will love you. You hold, and still do hold a special place in all of our hearts. We thank you for loving us back and helping us in times of trouble and great needs. Your guidance and advise was always welcomed and appreciated. Your struggles and pain are gone. You were a good soldier, a fighter to the end. You were looked up to by all your friends and family. We salute you until we see you again in that heavenly place. We will miss you terribly, but Until Then…..
- New Testament Church of Brandon
- Celebration of Life Saturday, June 23, 2018
- Burial With Full Military Honors Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Jack Edward Dopler
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Deborah Dopler Mick
June 22, 2018
I 've known my Dad since 1965. He was always amazing in all the ways that matter most. I grew up knowing honor and respect for our country and the personal sacrifices a soldier makes . Jack' s career was outstanding! I remember his year of war in Vietnam was extremely tense as he was a Cobra pilot and endured the extremes of challenges with utmost courage and ability. Dad was a true leader of men as he was capable of giving a sense of unity , purpose and value to each person. Being the daughter of such a highly esteemed officer was always an adventure. He was aid to the Commanding General at Ft. Hood which was highly stressful but also a fabulous opportunity to show his skills! I always was so proud to be Jack's daughter and never felt adopted but loved just as though I had always been his own. We were as close as he allowed us to be as Jack was very much a private person with an air of independence that I understood and respected. My happiest memory is our trip to visit him and finally meet his wife Kathy and "sister" Karen in 2008. I experienced his love of our LORD as well as his "happily ever after love" of his final family that he so deserved. It was such a blessing to see Jack finally completely content and excited as he traveled his greatest adventure walking with GOD. And now he has all the answers to all of our mysteries because He Lives!
June 21, 2018
My journey with Jack, Kathy & Karen has been special and unique. The day Jack was baptized, he delivered an amazing message that will be forever in my memory. Jack was active combat military. His personality was great strength and authority under control. Jack loved the Lord, Kathy & Karen - in that order. Jack was about order and strategy and authority. He loved those attributes about his Lord & Savior.
Jack was kind enough to teach at my Passover Seder in 2016. In the attached picture, you will see him at the head of the table with his teaching whiteboard. He blessed everyone with an awesome message. Jack will be greatly missed because he was greatly loved.
My love to you Kathy & Karen. I love you dearly!