|Birth: ||Aug. 10, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 2007|
San Diego County
Peter Paul Konopacky was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Peter Francis Konopacky and Margaret Maria Karner. He was the fifth of eight children. He grew up in Stevens Point with his family, and had a close relationship with his maternal grandmother, Theresia Zinniel Karner, when he was young. His father's family was Polish, while his mother's family was Austro-Hungarian.
When Pete was 16, he left home to join the Navy, lying about his age so that he could be accepted. He joined his older brothers in fighting in World War II, serving on multiple ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of the war. His bravery and will to live were tested on many occasions, including the time when the Destroyer he was serving on was torpedoed and sunk. Pete survived the attack and swam miles to shore. He also served on the USS Hornet and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. When the war ended, Pete found himself in Japan for a portion of the post-war occupation of the country. His service to the Navy lasted for 20 years; Pete retired from active duty in 1963 after serving during both World War II and the Korean War.
On January 4, 1949, Pete married Jean Ruth Fletcher, the daughter of Raymond Arthur and Mary Barbara Hopperdietzel Fletcher. They spent the early years of their marriage moving around due to Pete's service in the Navy. They lived for a time in Illinois; Kodiak, Alaska; and San Diego, CA. Pete settled with his family in San Diego, and he and Jean raised their children there.
Following his service in the Navy, Pete worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He then joined the U.S. Customs service in 1965, serving for nearly 20 years at the Tijuana border crossing achieving the rank of Senior Inspector. He was always very proud of the time he spent with the Customs service. He retired from Government service in 1982 after 40 years of service to his country. Pete lastly worked for Bank of America, managing security for their vault. After retiring from the work force, Pete served as community volunteer for the San Diego County Sheriff's department. He was also very active with his local VFW branch #1512.
Pete's favorite hobbies were gardening and cooking, especially German food. Pete had a large garden that he was very proud of, and loved sharing his fruits and vegetables with his family and friends.
Jean predeceased Pete in 1982. He is buried next to her. He and Jean had four children -- Philip, Stephen, Mark, and Nancy.
Note from his granddaughter: I will miss my Grandpa, and remember him any time I eat a kumquat -- one of the many fruits he grew in his garden. Being a Northwest girl growing up, I had never tried that little strange fruit until I went and visited my grandpa. I remember him teaching me how to eat them -- roll them in your hand first to soften them up. Whenever I have eaten a kumquat since then, I have always thought of him, and I will continue to do so.
Peter Francis Konopacky (1890 - 1959)
Margaret Maria Karner Konopacky (1892 - 1962)
Jean Ruth Fletcher Konopacky (1928 - 1982)
Audrey Marie Konopacky Skibba (1920 - 2007)*
Robert Paul Konopacky (1923 - 2008)*
Karl Anthony Konopacky (1925 - 1982)*
Peter Paul Konopacky (1927 - 2007)
David Francis Konopacky (1930 - 1988)*
John Edward Konopacky (1935 - 2014)*
Glen Abbey Memorial Park
San Diego County
Created by: Candice xo
Record added: Aug 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20805419