Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:07 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Edwin J. Klopp

May 23, 1920-Jan. 29, 2011

Longtime Alaskan Edwin J. Klopp, 90, died Jan. 29, 2011, of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his wife by his side.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 5, 2011, at St. John's Catholic Church in Homer, with burial at Hickerson Cemetery. A gathering will follow at the church.


Edwin J. Klopp

Mr. Klopp was born May 23, 1920, to William and Regina (Jepsen) Klopp in Redding, Pa. After graduating from Penn State University with a bachelors degree in forestry, he travelled to Portland, Ore., and began a career with Weyerhaeuser.

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor he took a bus to Seattle and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After completing basic training, he was assigned to Radio School and transferred to Alaska in 1943. His first post was in Amchitka, where he served until 1945. After the war he left Alaska and was honorably discharged and returned home to Pennsylvania and applied for the CAA, which later became the Federal Aviation Administration. He returned to Alaska, where he was assigned to a station on Annette Island. In 1947 he transferred to Sheep Mountain and then to Anchorage and later onto Middleton Island. During leave he met Amber Jeffries, who he corresponded with over the next few years. In 1949 he was stationed at Bettles, where he married Amber in 1951. In 1952, Ed and Amber transferred to Unalakleet until 1957, when Ed was promoted to station chief in Homer. In 1979, after completing a 38-year career with the FAA, Ed retired in Homer. Ed and Amber traveled extensively after his retirement.

Ed became active in Pioneers of Alaska. He served in several officer positions and in 1988 became grand president. During 1988 he and Amber visited all 17 Alaska Igloo Chapters in the state. He stayed active in the Pioneers as a charter member of the Homer chapter.

Ed was also a proud member of the Homer Elks B.P.O.E. No. 2127 for more than 30 years.

Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Amber Klopp of Homer; son-in-law and daughter Morton and Barbara Marstander of Oslo, Norway; son and daughter-in-law Richard and GayLynn Klopp of Homer; son and daughter-in-law David and Tammy Klopp of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; sister Julie Sheldon of New York City; granddaughters, Sienna and Serena Klopp of Bozeman, Mont.; and grandson, Justin Erickson of Vancouver, Wash.