A graveside service is to be conducted for SMSGT ret. Jack Allen Epstein at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Schofield Barracks Cemetery, 1640 Lyman Road. Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky will officiate. All who knew and loved him are welcome to assist the family in laying him to his final rest. No flowers, Donations may be made in Jack Epstein's name to Jewish Community Services of Hawaii, P.O. Box 235805 Honolulu, HI 96823.
A Celebration of Life memorial will also be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 at the Pearl Harbor Church of Christ, 515 Main Street, near Hickam. All are welcome.
Born June 24, 1935 in the Green Section of Scranton Pennsylvania, where his parents Sarah Glickman and Joseph Irving Epstein resided along with his older siblings Paul and Marilyn, Jack Allen Epstein breathed his last at his home in Makakilo at the age of 86 Saturday, June 4, 2022. He died peacefully in the presence of his son Wayne Epstein, wife, Brenda, and their son, Miles. He also received the dedicated service of his daughter, Pearl Cantrell, for the last five years of his life.
Jack Epstein is also survived by his brother Richard Epstein, a resident of Silver Springs Maryland, also five granddaughters, the children of his eldest son, Bruce Epstein, since deceased. In addition, he knew five more granddaughters and four grandsons, 14 in all, who in turn, produced 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
His only wife of 32 years – Frances Kaiulani Kaina Epstein -- also preceded him in death, as has his parents.
Jack Epstein retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years as an E-8, Senior Master Sargent, stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, on September 30, 1974. He followed that up with another 20-year career in Federal Service as a truck driver and retiring a second time as a hazardous materials inspector. While in the military he served two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for courageous action. Previously, he was awarded another Bronze Star for his military service in Israel during the rebirth of that nation.
In 2015, Hawaii State Governor David Ige commended him for his dedication to the Jewish Community in Hawaii and he was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year by the Aloha Jewish Chapel.
His family and friends have been truly blessed to share life’s journey with Jack Allen Epstein and observe the glory of God in his life. It is with great admiration and sense of tremendous loss that they commend his body to the earth and his soul to God, who gave it.