VeteranJohn Poppenhager

John PoppenhagerJohn B. Poppenhager, 90, of Astoria, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at Astoria Gardens & Rehab Center.

He was born Nov. 21, 1914, in Astoria, a son of Carl and Grace Fern Litchfield Poppenhager. He married Lucille Gillenwater on Aug. 4, 1936, in Missouri. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Diane Dean of Astoria, Sherrie (and Freddie) Henninger of Rushville and Susan (and Jerry) Barrett of Bristow, Va.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Orlen and Wayne.

A World War II Army veteran, he was a 60-year member of Astoria American Legion Post 25.

He owned and operated John's Oil Co. and John's Shoe Store in Astoria, retiring in 1981.

He drove a school bus for Astoria Community School District 1 for 25 years.

He was a member of Vermont Masonic Lodge 116 AF&AM, where he was a past Worshipful Master. He was also a member of ANSAR Shrine Temple, Valley of Springfield.

He was a member of Ipava Order of the Eastern Star 226.

He was a member of Astoria United Methodist Church.

Services were held Dec. 11 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Gary Sheets officiating. A Masonic service was held by his Masonic lodge on Dec. 10. Burial was in the Astoria Cemetery, where military rites were conducted by his American Legion post.

Memorials may be made to his church or Astoria Gardens.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/15/2004

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