Avery Kenneth Loposer
(August 7, 1930 - June 27, 2016)

Captain Avery Kenneth “Ken” Loposer, USN (Ret) of Walla Walla, Washington, was called home to be with his Lord on Monday, June 27, 2016. He passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief hospital stay. Ken was born to Avery Kenneth Loposer and Lurline Williamson Loposer on August 7, 1930, in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from high school in 1947 and attended Springhill College for one year. He then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, graduating in June, 1952. He then began a Navy career of 27+ years, serving first on the USS Dortch near the end of the Korean War. He entered submarine training in July, 1954 and subsequently served on the USS Sea Poacher. Shortly after, he was assigned to Nuclear Power Training and qualified as Chief Reactor Operator. He then served on the USS Tulibee and in 1963 was assigned to the USS Ulysses S. Grant as Executive Officer. He subsequently commanded the attack submarine USS Snook while stationed in Bremerton, WA and the Polaris missile submarine USS John Adams in Pearl Harbor, HI. Ken met his wife-to-be, Julia “Judy” Rank, in early 1954 in Philadelphia. They were married in November of 1954 and honeymooned in route to his first submarine assignment on the Sea Poacher in Key West, FL. Their oldest daughter, Deb, was born in February of 1956 in Charleston, SC. Their second daughter, Dinah, was born in Key West in 1957. Their third daughter, Amy, was born in New London, CT, in 1960 and their son, Pete, was born in 1963, also in New London. In 1972, after 20 years of sea duty, Ken was assigned to Washington, D.C. as a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, then three years as Deputy Program Manager for the new Trident System Project. This was followed by a three year assignment as the first Commanding Officer of the new Trident Training Facility in Bangor, Washington. Retiring from active duty in 1979, Ken worked for Data-Design Labs and consulted for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He also worked for McLaughlin Research Corp and Honeywell, Inc., in Poulsbo, WA. He became a member of the Poulsbo Rotary Club and served for six years as a member/chairman of the Board of Trustees of Olympic College in Bremerton, WA. Ken and Judy retired to Sun City in Tucson, AZ in 1990, but returned to the Northwest in 2006 to be closer to their family. During the past ten years Ken was active in the Walla Walla Rotary, the Submarine Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Reserve Officers Association. Ken is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy, his daughters Deb (John) Fuller of Walla Walla, Dinah (John) Lindsey of Waitsburg, Amy (Micheal) Ruff of Colorado Springs, and son Pete Loposer of Walla Walla, as well as their five grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. We would especially like to thank Hospice, the EMTs of Fire District 4, Station 41 and all the doctors from the VA hospital, Walla Walla Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and General Hospital, for their years of caring for Ken, and for the great service we received from Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater (you can view the obituary on-line at www.munsellerhodes.com). A memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Joel Ley presiding. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice. O God, Thy Sea Is So Great And My Boat Is So Small - Winfred Ernest Garrison