Jack A. Wapata
Died December 16, 2009

Jack A. Wopata, 77, rural Deer River, died December 16, 2009 at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids, MN.

Surviving are four children, Marcelle Miles, Julie Renollet, Joshua, and Scott; four grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Wopata Newton; niece, nephew, and cousins; former wives, Gayle Chesness and Faith Wopata; and the dear companion of his later years, Barbara Cameron.

After his military service in Berlin, Germany, Jack worked as a chemical engineer, a science teacher, and a small business owner. He also advocated for peace and social justice, planted trees and grew gardens, sang and danced. He was an intuitive mentor of young people across two generations.

Jack was a life-long student whose natural and spiritual curiosity sustained his life. Remembering him are the diverse people whose lives he creatively shared every day; he could engage any person on any subject, and both of them would profit from the exchange.

Burial with military honors was in the veteran’s section of Itasca-Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Memorials are preferred to the Dorothy Day House of Fargo-Moorhead, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Doctors without Borders, and Compassion International.

A remembrance gathering in honor of Jack will be held at the Itasca Community College Library from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday January 14, 2010.

Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, Minn.

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