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Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA

OBITUARY

The Rev. Jack D. Karpenske

June 16, 1943January 12, 2020
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The Rev. Jack D. Karpenske of Lynchburg, died January 12, 2020 at Lynchburg General Hospital after a courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was the husband of Peggy Carwile Karpenske for 40 years. Born June 16, 1943 in Merrill, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Herman and Florence Karpenske and was also preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Barrack. Jack left Merrill to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, then left to join the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he joined the 82nd Airborne Group at Fort Bragg, NC. He was named "Trooper of the Month" and was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge. Following the Army, Jack moved to Illinois, attending and graduating from Elmhurst College. It was during his Army career that he felt compelled to attend Bethany Theological Seminary in Oakbrook, Illinois. Following Seminary graduation, Jack returned to his home church in Merrill, WI for his ordination ceremony into the United Church of Christ. Jack was drawn to Lynchburg to do a Clinical Pastoral Internship with the Rev. Bob Evans at Virginia Baptist Hospital. Here, he developed a passion for people who needed spiritual healing and care. Following the completion of his Clinical Pastoral studies, Jack became a Chaplain at Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights, VA. During his long career of more than 30 years at CVTC, he served in multiple roles as Chaplain, Educator, and established an Employee Assistance Program at CVTC. The EAP role allowed him to provide pastoral care to employees until his retirement from state service. Jack was also known as a Virginia Alcohol Safety Program Educator for 40 years. Jack was called to the Lynchburg Church of the Brethren as Pastor and served his church and community in that capacity for 25 years. Jack was known for having a sense of justice and concern for all. He had a strong sense of compassion for anyone who needed help. When people had special moments in their lives, Jack was often the first person they called-and he always responded. Jack was particularly proud of his family and being known as "Papa Jack". In addition to his wife, Jack has 4 children, Jonathan Karpenske and wife Mary-Lynn of Bayshore, NY, Carrie Barrack and husband Rod of Hayes, VA, Jane Davis and husband Don of Raleigh, NC, and Sara Black and husband Rob of Portland, OR; four grandchildren, Jackson and Alena Karpenske of Bayshore, NY and Willa and Eleanor Black of Portland, OR. A brother, Cary Karpenske of South Carolina and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean Carwile Mastellar and Richard Masteller of Walla Walla, Washington, also survive Jack. Also special friends, Don and Sandy Johanson, Joyce Sachs, and Dan Morse and Amie Kennedy. Jonathan shared that the family was lucky to have such a positive role model and good person for a father. Anyone who knew Jack, knew he loved golf, it was never too cold, windy, or hot for him to play. He also was a Wisconsin Badger fan, Green Bay packer fan, and a super UVA Cavalier fan. He thoroughly enjoyed the great success of the UVA sports team, especially 2019 success in beating VT. Even though he had to use oxygen and a wheelchair, he didn't miss any basketball or football games. A Celebration of Jack's Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Lynchburg COB, located at 200 Atlanta Avenue in Lynchburg. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Lynchburg Church of the Brethren. Whitten Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Timberlake Chapel is serving the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Peggy Carwile Karpenske, Wife
  • Herman Karpenske, Father (deceased)
  • Florence Boettcher Karpenske, Mother (deceased)
  • Jonathan Karpenske, Son
  • Carrie Karpenske Barrack, Daughter
  • Jane Karpenske Davis, Daughter
  • Sara Karpenske Black, Daughter
  • Cary Karpenske, Brother
  • Jackson Karpenske, Grandson
  • Alena Karpenske, Granddaughter
  • Willa Black, Granddaughter
  • Eleanor Black, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Barrack, Grandson (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Lynchburg Church of the Brethren

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

Memories

The Rev. Jack D. Karpenske

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Luke and Barbara Okes

January 18, 2020

Jack was one of those people that come in your life and leave a lasting impression. We met Jack and Peggy through Cub Scouts and progressed to playing in a coed volleyball league together. Great times with wonderful people. He was a people and life person, embracing both. As our son said when he heard of Jack’s passing, “he was a damn nice guy”! Yes, he was. Peggy, we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Jack.

Pamela Davis

January 17, 2020

Many thoughts and prayers for the family. Jack was a wonderful and compassionate man. It was truly a please to have known and worked with him at CVTC. May God bless and comfort each of you.

Daniel Sumerlin

January 17, 2020

Jack was a fun and surprising person, I enjoyed the time I got to spend around him in Cub Scouts and when Jonathan and I were in middle school. Thanks for posting the old photos, funny to see him with the horseshoe mustache! To Jonathan, Peggy and the family: I know you are experiencing such grief; may your good memories and the love Jack brought into the world sustain you.

Daniel Sumerlin

Micchael Johnson

January 17, 2020

Bonnie and I were very pleased to meet Jack last summer before the high school reunion. He led an interesting and productive life and our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the family.

Michael Johnson

Carolyn Roach

January 16, 2020

Mrs. Karpenske & Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your family member. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you during this time. You are in my prayers.

Carolyn Roach

Sandra Matthes

January 16, 2020

Dear Peggy, My sympathy for your great loss. May the Lord give you comfort and peace in your heart. I have missed seeing you at Heritage UMC but understand your responsibilities. Sandy Matthes

Brenda Garrison

January 16, 2020

Love and prayers for the family! He was such a gentle, caring man and will be missed.

Sara Coleman

January 16, 2020

“Papa” Jack has been an enormous influence in my life. I started babysitting for him when I was 12 and was always accepted as part of the family. Volunteering at CVTC, my first trip to the beach, he performed my marriage ceremony, my father’s funeral, my son’s wedding, and has always been on the other end of the telephone when I needed to speak to him. He taught me empathy, love, kindness, and the importance of being there when someone needs you. I will miss knowing that you are a phone call away.

Cheryl Burnette

January 16, 2020

Jack was a wonderful fun man and I am so glad to have known him. He always had such a great attitude and will be missed greatly by many. Big hugs to Peggy and family!

Karen Enobakhare

January 15, 2020

May God bless you. You was a fantastic person. It was a pleasure getting to know you at CVTC.. You will be missed.

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