HENDERSONVILLE-Carl G. Popanz passed away on Monday, June 17th, at home with family in Hendersonville, NC after a battle with lung cancer.
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He was born on March 5, 1928, in Evansville, WI to Orville and Cathaline (Graham) Popanz. He married Lois (Jacobson) on September 21, 1949, whom he met at the Stoughton, WI Jr. Fair. Carl served in the U.S. Army in Korea 1946-47. He is survived by his spouse, Lois (Jacobson) Popanz, brother Don (Lola) Popanz, three children, Vickie (Cindy) Popanz, Cindy Edwards, and Tim (Ryan) Popanz, and three grandchildren, Alex, Kim, and Jake. He is preceded in death by three children, Steven Carl, David Lee, and Sharon Rae.
Carl worked as a supervisor at the Stoughton Truck & Body. He spent the second half of his career working as a chemical dependency counselor at the Stoughton Community Hospital. Carl also served on the Stoughton City Council and School Board, serving as its President during the city's high school construction. Carl and Lois relocated to Florence, SC in 1987 where Carl developed a chemical dependency treatment protocol which was later adopted state-wide by South Carolina. This serves as one of his proudest accomplishments after years of advocacy for those suffering from substance abuse. In Hendersonville, Carl volunteered for many organizations and causes, including the Saint James Episcopal Thrift Shop. These accomplishments further speak to Carl's life-long values related to public service, social justice, and helping others-family, friends, and those in need.
Carl and Lois spent their retirement years in both Hendersonville, NC and Stoughton, WI. Throughout his life Carl enjoyed travel and exploring different cultures. He and Lois traveled much of the United States, especially the Gulf Coast. He especially enjoyed trips to Mexico, Europe, and his time spent in Southeast Asia during the Korean War.
A memorial will be held at 3:00 PM at the United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church, Hendersonville, NC on Sunday, June 30th with military honors conducted by the Henderson County Honor Guard.
The family would appreciate memorial donations to United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church Hendersonville, NC(www.fcchendersonville.org) or Four Seasons, Palliative and Hospice Care (www.fourseasonscfl.org).
A special thank you to Pastor Richard Wiedler of the First Congregational Church and to Four Seasons Hospice for their excellent care, especially Susan Jones and Jeannie Stewart.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or to Po Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
Published in The Times-News on June 21, 2013