Obituary of Victor Thomas Prokopenko
Victor Thomas Prokopenko, 81, of Essexville, our caring and devoted husband, father, “Bumpa,” brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on the evening of Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Bay Medical Care Facility. Victor was born in Wisner Twp. on January 19, 1936, the son of the late George and Pauline (Ketcho) Prokopenko. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran. While working at A & P Grocery Store (Farmer Jack’s) in the bakery and as the manager of the dairy department, a checker by the name of Karen Weiler caught Victor’s eye. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on April 3, 1972. Throughout life, Victor was known for his love of the outdoors. He was most at peace when hunting, fishing, golfing, and enjoyed following Detroit sports. Above all, family always came first with Victor. He will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered for generations to come. Victor leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Karen and their children: Mark (Debra) Prokopenko, Vickie (Christopher) Zook, and Jill (Michael) DeAngelo; along with his daughters, Margie Prokopenko and Cindy Pnacek. Bumpa’s legacy will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, who were the light of his life: Alec, Easton, Owen, Kenna, Ella, Michael Jr., Madeline, and Jack. Victor is also survived by his brother, Ronald (Nancy) Prokopenko; brother-in-law, James (June) Weiler, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was welcomed home to heaven by his brother, James Prokopenko. Victor’s family will be present to receive visitors on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for Victor at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Monday, March 6, 2017, Victor will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of his 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with cremation to follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the wishes of the family. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Bay Medical Care Facility for their compassionate care and unwavering support. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.