Charles A.”Butch” Schoppman was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Denver, Colo., to Ira Williams and Grace Greene Williams. At age 4 his mother married Melvin J. Schoppman. He grew up in the beautiful Marble Canyon/House Rock Valley area until his family moved to Kanab where as a Kanab Cowboy he was a state wrestler and a popular student.
He married Rosalie Anderson at the old Rock Church in Mt. Carmel, Utah, in 1961. Later that year they had the first of three children, Kurt. In 1962 they moved to Wahweap while Butch worked on the Glen Canyon Dam. In 1964 he moved his family to Auburn, Calif., where he was a labor foreman on the American River Dam Project.
In 1965 they welcomed their second child Rosemary. Soon after they found themselves in Dublin, Calif., and in 1969 their third child, Hollie was born. In 1972 they brought their family home to Page, where Butch worked on the building of the railroad project for The Navajo Generating Station.
To say Butch was a hard worker cannot begin to describe the many things he accomplished. Butch set a concrete pouring record on the Glen Canyon Dam for the most concrete poured on a single shift ever to date. He set records for laying down railroad track and timber. Butch built owned, operated and ultimately sold Stromboli’s in Page. He built the Page Animal Hospital and owned the Windy Mesa for 17 years where he started the annual Thanksgiving Feast 35 years ago and it still continues today. He also built, operated and sold Lake Powell Mart.
Butch appeared to be a rough, tough, hard man, but those who knew him knew he was a wonderful, giving, caring man. He loved the Page/Lake Powell area and always had a friendly “How are ya?” and a smile for anyone he met. Butch is survived by his children: son, Kurt (Cheryl); daughter, Rosemary (Cory); daughter, Hollie (Ricky); grandchildren: Jensen, Stephanie, Zacary, Nikki, Markie and Trinia; brother, Johnny Schoppman; sister, Betty Jo Roundtree.
It’s been said that his biggest success is that of grandfather. He passed on Feb. 6 peacefully at his home in Greenehaven. Services for this great man were Feb. 9 at The LDS Stake center on North Navajo in Page.
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