Lonnie Spencer Sopher, 66, a lifelong Marblemount & Concrete area resident, passed away at his home in Concrete on Monday, June 9, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Lonnie was born on May 7, 1948 in Sedro-Woolley, the son of Lawrence & Wanda (Brown) Sopher. He was raised in Marblemount and attended school in Rockport.

Lonnie began his working career early in life, at the age of 15. He worked for several years until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967, serving his country in Viet Nam where he saw intense active duty. Following his honorable discharge in 1969 returned to the Skagit Valley.

On January 9, 1970 he was united in marriage to Sandra Medford in Rockport and they made their home in Marblemount.

Lonnie worked as a shake splitter for several years, then worked in construction building the North Cascade Hiway, later returning to shake splitting with the Hurn Shingle Mill in Concrete for many years, finally retiring from shake splitting, he went to work as a mechanic and Mr. Fix-it for Top Rental and then for Hornbeck Logging. From 2005 to 2010 he and Sandy owned and operated Sandy's Country Store in Marblemount until finally retiring.

Leisure time found him hunting, 4-wheeling the back roads or just cruising in his truck.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Sandy, at the family home in Concrete; daughter, Cheri Ogle and her husband Doug of Concrete; his mother, Wanda Sopher of Deming; granddaughter, Emily Holt and her husband Cody of Sedro-Woolley; sister, Dianne Robertson and her husband James of Marblemount and 2 nephews, Todd & Brad Sopher.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Sopher and his brother, Lawrence Sopher.

A Celebration of Life potluck gathering will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Marblemount Community Hall. Private family interment was held at the Forest Park Cemetery in Concrete.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Lonnie and sign the online guest register at:

Funeral Home

Lemley Chapel
1008 Third Street Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
(360) 855-1288

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 12, 2014