Our beloved dad, Rudolph Urban Jelosek Jr., aka, Poppy, Pops, “The Popman,” passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Our sincere gratitude goes out to his cancer team, ATU team and hospice. If you knew him, you loved him! While he wasn’t trying, Poppy was a funny man! With a vocabulary all his own, we understood and giggled frequently during our time with him. We refer to this language as “Popisms.”
His life revolved around his three kids, Juli (Steve Sala), Jil (Gary Child) and Jeff. Born, May 27, 1939, in Blairtown, a colorful neighborhood tucked away in Rock Springs, Wyo. After high school he settled in Salt Lake City, Utah where he worked in the aerospace industry until he retired. Post retirement, he left Utah and found life in Phoenix, Ariz., where he loved to play golf and bocci ball. He enjoyed going to local sporting events, estate sales, NASCAR, playing cards (Thirty-One) and The Barret Jackson Auto Auction. And PUZZLES – oh so many puzzles! It was his favorite pasttime with the kids and grandkids!
During the hot desert summers, Poppy looked forward to retreating to his family’s home, located in Pinedale, a complete and perfect circle as he was able to get back to his roots. There, he loved to ride his bike, fish, boat and say hello to the neighborhood moose that often grazed in the yard.
A typical breakfast with Poppy included Zganci (Shagonska as we called it), scrambled eggs cooked with ketchup and for dinner spaghetti with hamburger, naturally mixed with ketchup. Heinz also loved him. The grandkids would look at him like, “Are we supposed to eat this?”
Poppy is preceded in death by his sister Judith and brother-in-law Delmar O’Connell, his brother-in-law Joseph (Joe) Rogers and nephew Michael (Mickey) Rogers. He is survived by his sister Marilyn Rogers and his brother Jim (Glenna). His nephews, Jim Jr. and Phil O’Connell and nieces Jayne Vavold (Chris) and Susan (Jim Araas). His grandkids, Joshua, Jennaca, Chandra, Caroline and Will, adored him dearly, along with his great grands, Jayla, Mack and Mayzie. We will miss you, Poppy! We will never forget the good times, love and support.
Poppy’s last wish was to have his ashes “tossed into the wind,” on top of Potters Mountain. This was a special place he hunted and spent time with his dad. Family and friends are welcome to join us in honoring Poppy during a celebration of life bike ride that will take us along his favorite paths. This celebration will take place in Pinedale, Wyoming next summer. In lieu of flowers, please give blood to your local blood banks or donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.