Jerry Charles Chalupnik
October 28, 1934 – March 20, 2020
Jerry Charles Chalupnik of Phoenix AZ, passed away peacefully from a prolonged illness on March 20, 2020 at the age of 85. Born October 28, 1934 to Maxine Sladek and Jerry Chalupnik in Cedar Rapids, IA, he moved to Long Beach, CA in 1945 and became a commercial fisherman at the age of 12, helping his father run the family business. He entered the University of Iowa in 1951, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Jerry married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Nancy, in 1955. They moved back to Long Beach, CA, taking a job with Johns-Manville Corp. After a short time, they moved to San Diego, CA and in 1958 settled in Phoenix, AZ. Jerry worked with J-M for 30 years as the Arizona territory rep., retiring in 1986. Soon after retirement, he started his own business, JC Chalupnik & Associates Inc., representing numerous roofing related businesses until 2015. Jerry was a skilled salesman and ran a reputable company. He had an excellent work ethic and was totally committed to providing for his family. During his years with J-M and thereafter, he participated actively in the roofing profession, contributing time and treasure supporting The ARCA (Arizona Roofing Contractors Assoc.), Producers Council, CSI, and Arizona Insulation Contractors Association. Jerry always had a love for the roofing industry and remained friends with many of his past clients until his death. Jerry was a man of deep faith and strong convictions, as he was a devout Catholic Christian and a fervent prayer warrior. He was also an active and passionate nature enthusiast. He loved his country and spent much of his free time hunting and fishing from Alaska to Cabo, and all throughout Arizona. He could often be found enjoying the outdoors with his family at his beloved cabin in Oak Creek Canyon, AZ. His legacy of faith and his appreciation of nature have been passed on to his loved ones. Together, Jerry and Nancy raised 4 children, have 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Jerry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy, and one sister, Judy Schnorr of Torrance, CA; his children, Dr. Jerry Michael; Robert and his children, Robby, Jerry Joseph, and Alissa; Tony, his wife Cheryl and their children, Anthony, Jonathan, Mary, and Daniel; Mary, her husband Dominick and children, Christy and Andrew. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Baylee, Teddy, Mitchell, Porter, Niko, Woody, London Grace, and one more due in April. The family he leaves will always cherish their time spent with him. Services are being postponed due to Covid-19 nationwide quarantine and will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Kate Fannin Chapel, 5962 W. Robin Lane, Glendale, AZ, 85310, or his home parish of Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral of Phoenix, AZ, 6351 N. 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ, 85017. Please keep checking for updates for service times.
- Services pending
Jerry Charles Chalupnik
April 2, 2020
One of the best “sushi” experiences of my life was about 18 years ago when Jerry came home (to Oak Creek) from fishing in San Diego with a beautiful fresh tuna in his ice chest. He told my son, Mac, who was playing outside, to go get his mom and tell her to bring the soy sauce. Then he cut beautiful fresh tuna belly for us to eat right out of the back of his truck - true heaven on earth!!!!
We will miss hearing the soft nostalgic sounds of a baseball game on the radio wafting up from his porch on summer evenings and his friendly deep voice calling hello across the road. Our thoughts are with you, Mary, Nancy and boys. He was so proud of you all.
March 30, 2020
My father-in-law George Wiley worked with Jerry at Johns-Manville for years. I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry throughout the years. I found him to be warm and friendly and I enjoyed all the stories George and Jerry shared. Sincerest condolences . Love Joy Wiley
March 29, 2020
Jerry has been my neighbor for nearly 40 years. We managed to spend time fishing together and sharing our lives. This man was everything said about him in his obituary but there was so much more than that of course. He was kind, honest, faithful, funny, hard-working, and interesting. I will miss him. We will meet again on the other side and I'm looking forward to that! Via Condios amigo!