Howard Lee Popkin

by | Nov 20, 2015 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Howard Lee Popkin, 85, of Germantown, Md., passed from complications of cancer on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 surrounded by family.

Born on October 23, 1930, the only son of Dora and Max Popkin from Norfolk, Va., where he grew up, he graduated from Maury High School and then attended William and Mary/VPI, Norfolk Division and VPI Blacksburg. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Howard was the co-founder of the Norfolk Federation of Civil Leagues. While president of the Civil Leagues, Howard facilitated the removal of price control on milk and dairy products in the state of Virginia and facilitated integration of the Norfolk public schools.

He was a real estate developer, realtor, broker and real estate appraiser in both Virginia and Maryland.

He was a devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He was the beloved husband of Lynn Cullather- Popkin; caring brother of Marilyn Faust, loving father and father-in-law of Toni Re Popkin, Shira Beth and Wade Adkins, Leslie Ann and Bruce Rasnake, Jolene and Jeff Sharpe, Robert Scott Cullather and Kristina McCoobery, Susan Elizabeth Schwarz, Mary Kathryn Lewis and Michelle Lee Cullather.

Howard was an amazing loving and involved grandfather to Ryan Matthew Unger, Charles Adam Rasnake, Zachary Scott Barry, Joshua Daniel Martin Cullather (deceased), Tyler Michael Lewis, Timothy John Lewis, Christian McEnroe Cullather, Caitlin Florentina Cullather, Mia McCoobery, Jacob James Conrath, Angela Lynn Aguirre, Marco Edwin Aguirre and Maximus Edwin Aguirre.

Services were held at Pumphery’s Colonial Funeral Home. Interment followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) Hospice at 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20853.

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