Joseph Jake "Joey" Holper Jr.
1976 - 2021
BORN
1976
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

JOSEPH “JOEY” JAKE HOLPER
December 24, 1976 ˜ September
24, 2021

Our sweet Joseph “Joey” Jake Holper, Jr. passed Sept. 24, 2021 at the young age of 44. Joseph was born at 11:43 p.m Friday, Dec. 24, 1976 at Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, WA. The nurses brought Joseph to his mom and dad in a Christmas stocking, and what a gift he was!
Joseph grew up in Salmon Creek, WA, and attended Salmon Creek Elementary, Gaiser Middle School and Columbia River High School. He started working at the family business Jake’s Meats in high school and remained committed to the family business all his life. Part of Joseph’s work duties included delivering to various businesses. He took pride in his work and would go above and beyond taking care of his customers and they all loved him. Joseph was extremely close to his immediate family, his mom, dad, and sister. The four of them always had an incredibly close, unbreakable bond with so much love. When Joseph’s nephews came along that was no exception. He loved Kory and Kellen with all his heart. They felt that love and loved him back just as much.
The simplest things in life brought great joy to Joseph. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and bringing a smile to anyone’s face. If you asked Joseph to do something for you or to help you out with something you would always receive a quick yes before you could even finish asking. Even if that something was for someone he did not know he was happy to help. Joseph was the guy that didn’t just know you, but he also knew your kids, your parents, your grandparents and your friends and they all loved him too. Joseph loved to read and learn new things. He was well versed on many subjects and was always up for a good debate or deep conversation on just about any topic. Joseph had the most amazingly wonderful sense of humor. He loved to tell corny dad jokes and he was quick witted to respond with something funny. He would try to keep a straight face but many times he would have laugh too and that was the best! His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone he met. Joseph enjoyed watching movies and TV shows, riding motorcycles, traveling, cooking and eating a good meal, watching Seahawks games, anything related to cars or elephants and of course his 1977 Ford Bronco that was his love and project. The family plans to finish that project in his honor.
Joseph lived a life of gratitude and service. He was a faithful Christian and that showed in his many works. He loved reading Jehovah God’s Word and he was a man of prayer. Joseph volunteered for years with foster children and would take foster kids on trips and to events. He did volunteer work for several churches that he attended in the Vancouver/Portland area. He would not hesitate to pray with you or for you whenever you needed it. Joseph was such a beautiful and pure soul. He was one of kind. We love him, cherish him, and miss him dearly.
Joseph is survived by his mom, Yolanda Sandoval Holper; his dad, Joseph Jake Holper, Sr; his sister, Jolanda Terrell and brother-in-law Charles Terrell; his nephews, Kory Terrell and Kellen Terrell; and his many cousins, aunts, uncles, other family members and a myriad of friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 12:30 p.m. Location is Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684.
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 10, 2021.
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16
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12:30p.m.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
1101 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA
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Dear Holper Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joseph was a great guy and friend. I served with him at New Heights Church on the Usher team. We had the opportunity to lead the usher team for the Ascent service that used to be on Sunday nights. It was a fun service with loud worship. It only lasted for a short time but in that time I started out as just an usher and and ended up co leading the usher team with Joseph. Thank you Joseph for trusting me with the team in your absence. I wish that service would have lasted longer as I had a great time serving with you. I got to meet your nephew who you were so proud of. Seeing how proud you were to be an uncle made me want to experience that as well. I now have twin nephews and can relate to why you were so proud to be an uncle. Thanks for being such a great friend. Wish you were still here. You will be missed by the many people you touched. Rest In Peace my friend. Toby
Toby Tobin
Friend
November 8, 2021
Dearest Holper family.... My heart hurts for you and I´m so sorry for your loss... sending so much love your way!
Alisa Eby-Griffey
November 6, 2021
Kory Terrell
Family
November 6, 2021
Kory Terrell
Family
November 6, 2021
Joseph. Who I called Uncle Joey. When you were here for those 44 years, all you did was give more than you received. In the end, all that giving, was appreciated greatly, and will never be forgotten. The mindset my Uncle had, the helping hand. Always wanted to help any and everyone. He didn´t have to know who you were for him to stop his priorities to help your day in anyway. I just hate how you did nothing wrong, and wanted to be here with us, and you aren´t. I hate how I have to cope with this everyday now, but this is just how life is. Death is unexpected. I love you so much Uncle Joey, and you are endless motivation for me to achieve my goals and dreams. I´ll never forget our last talk, I will cherish that for the rest of my life. May your beautiful giving soul Rest In Peace. Your personality, I will attach it to mine and never let you die. So much loveI will never forget our target runs, and when I would spend the night at your house on Friday´s. I always loved that uncle nephew time. I remember I would be playing Minecraft, and you would just come over and pick me up, and I would play the Ps4 at your house. Batman! We always used to play that. I love you endlessly, and will forever have your memories live within me
Kory Terrell
Family
November 6, 2021
Oh Joseph. It´s been so many years since we hung out...but I will never see an elephant without thinking of your kind soul. Rest In Peace my friend.
Courtney Jacques
Friend
November 6, 2021
On the behalf of the Blanchard family from Oakland, Ca. .....we are sending out our heart filled condolences to Joseph´s entire family! We love you and we are praying for you DAILY!
Rodney Blanchard
Family
November 6, 2021
Joseph was a friend to everyone he met, and was like family to us. He had such a giving heart. He will be missed by so many. Sending our love to his family and praying for comfort during this difficult time.
Charlie and Lilly Martin
Friend
November 6, 2021
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
My sweet sweet baby brother. My brother was the best kind of guy you could know. The kind of guy that appreciates a good handshake, open the door for people, respects his elders, would help a stranger, looked out for his family and friends, loved hard, cared hard, worked hard. He appreciated the simple things in life like a beautiful sunrise or sunset, a good meal, a good TV show or movie, a good song, a nice drive, a good joke, a good conversation. Joseph is one of the good ones. He is unforgettable and if you knew him he definitely made an indelible mark on your life. The wonderful things about my brother were because that was just who he was and the foundation of that came from having really good parents that gave us the kind of childhood you dream about. My dad built us an awesome playground in our backyard that had a 6 foot wide metal slide we used to play lava monster on, we played outside all day riding our bikes, skateboards or took our sleds to bigger hills in the neighborhood when it snowed. My dad always had a trailer so we would go camping to the beach or mountains and ride our bikes, sit by the campfire and make s'mores, go clam digging and ride our motorcycles. My parents never let us bring any friends on trips which turned out to be a good thing because we became best friends. When we were stuck indoors we made up a lot of things to do. One of the things we always laughed about it we pretended we had our own radio show. We even made out own commercials and we interviewed each other. We had a lot of kids our age in our neighborhood and w were always all outside together. In the summer our mom made us take naps on our back porch and big groups of us would take long walks in the neighborhood at night. All wonderful childhood memories. Joseph and I had a million inside jokes. We quoted Seinfeld often and the movies What About Bob, Dumb and Dumber and Mother. We never needed to be doing anything specific, we just enjoyed being together. We appreciated simple things and being together was always enough. I cannot remember a time my brother and I had a fight, there was never a time during our lives we were not close. We just loved each other. I used to tell him, "Because I have a brother, I have a best friend". Right now going on without you Joseph feels like an impossible task. I want you to walk in my front door again, call me on the phone again, laugh with me, give me a hug or a pat on the head like you would do. Joseph, thank you for being a beautiful constant in my life. Thank you for being a ray of light in our family. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for always picking up the phone. Thank you for how much you loved God and Jesus. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being the most amazing uncle to my boys. Thank you for being my brother and my very best friend. I so wish you were here. I'll love you and miss everything single thing about you forever and ever. Your big sis, Jolanda
Jolanda Terrell
November 6, 2021
Way to soon.
Britt Bjerke
Work
October 16, 2021
Gone to soon! Always a smile and kind words every time we saw you. Condolences and prayers to the entire Holper family.
The Jensen Family!
October 11, 2021
My heart was broke when I heard Jr had passed. He lite up our Friday mornings at the Saloon with his fantastic attitude, smile and just plain happiness! We miss him terribly already but am sure he is in heaven watching over us all! We are so sorry for your loss, but know he truly did make a difference in many peoples days Rest in peace my friend!!
Sue Collins, 99 Saloon & Grill
Work
October 10, 2021
Joe so sorry for your loss call me if you need to talk
Corey Rhodehouse
October 10, 2021
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