Jack William Schoelkopf, 86

Jack William Schoelkopf, 86, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Beebe Hospital, Lewes, Del. For 34 years, he was self-employed as an independent news carrier with the A.S. Abell Company. Prior to that career, he served in the United States Army infantry, serving in the 106th Division in Northern Africa and later joining the 34th Division in Italy. He was a decorated World War II hero, proud of his country and respectful of those he served. At the age of 80, he returned to Italy to retrace his journey and pay respect to his dear brothers-in-arms who never returned home.

Schoelkopf’s life was one of service, especially if it involved children. He organized the Bell Ringers for the Christmas Holiday Salvation Army Drive for many years. He was an active member of the Doric Masonic Lodge in Millville, Del. At his passing, he was serving as president of the Ocean City Shrine Club. A passionate supporter of the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., he raised funds and served as a transport volunteer to help get parents and children to the hospital.

As a member of the VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View, he served as a driver for elderly and medically challenged veterans, seeing that they had a ride to the Wilmington VA Hospital.

Widowed twice by cancer, and through his own personal experience, he felt called to serve those whose lives are impacted by this illness. He served as a Delaware Hospice volunteer, driving cancer patients to their medical appointments.

Schoelkopf was a devoted and active member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View. The Tidewater School also held a dear place in his heart. He took great joy in making beautiful creations in his woodshop for the school children, who adoringly called him “Pop-Pop.” The patriarch of his family, he lived his life as a shining example of God’s love for his children and grandchildren.

Schoelkopf is survived by his beloved wife, Maggie Roussack of Bethany Beach, Del.; his sister, Dorothy Huss of Parkville, Md.; his son and daughter-in-law, William Arthur and Janet Schoelkopf, of Baltimore, Md.; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kenneth Libertini, of Huntingtown, Md.; four grandchildren, Jessica, Heather, Chad and Katie; two great-grandchildren, Cali and Owen; and many “adopted” family members.

A memorial service will be held at Mariner’s Bethel UMC in Ocean View at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to any of the following charities: Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Hwy., Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947; Mariner’s Bethel UMC, Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970; Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital, c/o Ocean City Shrine Club, P.O. Box 4283, Ocean City, MD 21843-4283; The Salvation Army, 110 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947; or The Tidewater School, P.O. Box 755, Huntingtown, MD 20639.