John Robert Doepp, 49, of Rockledge, Florida, passed away of Gastric Cancer surrounded by his family on March 26th, 2018.
John and Kris, his wife of 28 years, met when they were 13 and 12 years old on the pool deck in Plantation, Florida. They dated since July 4th, 1986 when he asked her to go steady under the fireworks. He still reminded her on Independence Day every year of their dating anniversary.
John joined the Coast Guard after high school and has two daughters, Alicia and Lexi. John dedicated his life to his family and serving the United States while he was stationed in Baltimore, MD, Mobile, AL, Miami, FL, Borinquen, PR and Martinsburg, WV. In 2013, he retired after 23 years in the service.
They moved to Florida, back to the state where they first met, to start retirement, and have some fun! Until now, they have spent their time helping family and working toward owning a home again and playing on their sailboat. John was employed at the local marina and Kris became a professional shopper. This adventure had been cut short by the news delivered in January of 2018.
John was 49 years young when he passed. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Gastric Cancer in February 2018 and immediately started treatment. Like everything he did, he gave it his all and fought the terrible disease until the very end.
John will be greatly missed by his wife, two daughters, and granddaughter in addition to countless other lives.
A funeral mass in John’s honor will be held at 10:30am on March 27, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockledge, Florida. There will be a potluck held immediately following at his neighborhood waterfront park. The park is located at the end of the gravel road after Plover Lane, Rockledge, FL 32955.