Born: March 16, 1932 -Glendale, CA
Died: July 27, 2018 peacefully in his home, at the age of 86, from age related illnesses including cancer and stroke – but you couldn’t tell him that – a fighter till the end. Don loved life and cherished every moment he had on this earth.
Don is survived by his wife, Charlene F. (Kilmer) Rosskopf. Both were residents of Enoch City, Utah, where they have greatly enjoyed their neighbors and the close proximity to some family members. Other places of residence include: Winchester Hills, St George, Utah; Simi Valley, California; Norco, California; Sandy and Taylorsville, Utah; and Buena Park, California. Together they raised three children, oldest son, Robert Donald (Sybil) Rosskopf, and daughters: Jerri (Thomas) Fuhriman and Jennifer (Mark) Ganowsky. Their grandchildren number 9, and great-grandchildren (up to now) number 13.
Don was the second of three children born to Robert Edward Rosskopf and Mildred Caroline Henrietta Sperling. He is survived by his older sister, Dorothy (Ed) Steigely, and younger brother, Kenneth (Linda) Rosskopf.
Don loved adventure, even as a child. Growing up he often dove for money off the pier in Los Angeles and Catalina for pocket change. He loved the ocean and after serving in the Navy during the Korean war, he became a life guard in his 20’s, working on the Los Angeles area beaches, which is where he met the love of his life, Charlene, and they were married December 28, 1957. Don also enjoyed swimming in the ocean, water polo, camping and exploring. An avid golfer most of his life, he also rode horses, square danced, bowled, sailed, and fished.
Never afraid of a challenge, and always independent, Don started his own business. He enjoyed being an entrepreneur. Even when a business failed, he learned from his mistakes and started over. He loved the Aircraft/Missile Part business and manufactured and distributed military parts. He had an uncanny ability to recall any part number and could tell what the part was just from the number.
Don joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while his family was still young. He and Charlene were later sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Don loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and held many Church positions over the years, but his favorite was being a home teacher, as he loved to serve others.
Don was always patriotic and proud to be an American. He loved the Constitution and believed in divinity of it and that God inspired this great country.
Don loved his family. He was always proud of them and happiest when spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids, all of whom adored him.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 6, at the Enoch 5th Ward Building, 2233 East Village Green Road, Enoch, Utah, at 2 p.m. Family and friends may call Sunday, August 5, from 5– 7 p.m. at the church, and again Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be at the Enoch City Cemetery under the direction of Affordable Funeral Services. Online condolences can be sent to www.affordablefuneralservices.com.
The family wishes to thank Bob, Becky, and Heather, as well as the other hospice nurses, aids, and volunteers who helped care for Don through the last 9 months of his life. We also can’t begin to express our appreciation for the amazing service rendered to our parents by their church family.