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John "Jack" Boppel

May 18, 2019

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John “Jack “ Carl Boppel of Numidia, Pa. passed away in his home in early May of this year. Jack was born in Ashland, Pennsylvania to Agnes K. Wolfgang and John Carl Boppel. He was an only child. Jack grew up in Ashland and then attended Stevens Trade School in Lancaster, Pa. As a boy in high school and for Stevens trade Jack played basketball, and even made it to the state championships and “ lettered“ In the sport while in high school. After trade school Jack continued living in Lancaster where he met his wife of 58 years, Eleanor. Jack enlisted in the Army from 1959-1962 moving his family to Missouri and served as a surveyor. Jack and Eleanor then relocated back to Lancaster Pennsylvania. Jack worked at Armstrong Technologies for over 30 years and also picked up many jobs in machine shops along the way to help support his family. Jack was a very handy fellow and together he and his wife bought an old social club in the Cabbage Hill neighborhood and remodeled from the bare walls to be the family home. The family lived there for over 20 years. Together Jack and Eleanor hosted many  family holiday parties and danced until the wee hours in the living room ( Jack was a very good dancer).
In his free time, Jack and enjoyed playing and watching tennis, fishing, camping with the family at many state parks and piddling around in his workshop creating wood projects or fixing some piece of motorized equipment. Jack  had the ability to fix just about anything . Jack was well known for his one line jokes, dry sense of humor- he loved to dye all of the food green for St. Patrick’s Day and then tell everybody that it wasn’t green. He also loved reading Danielle Steele novels and staying up to date on the goings-on of the royal family. Jack was fond of reminding his children to always check under the hood before they went anywhere and made sure that all of his daughters knew how to check the tires, check the oil and make sure the car was OK before you got in it to drive. He also made the best applesauce in Lancaster county, which is grandchildren were particularly fond of.
In later life Jack enjoyed tending to his grapefruit plants (grown from seed) and watching the bears- literally, basketball and Bonanza.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor and grandson Derek Lee Weiss. Jack is survived by his five daughters and their spouses; Linda (Tom), Susan (Tom) , Maryann (Bryan), Denise (Michael) and Joan. Jack also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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