LOUDONVILLE -- John Tope Jr., 93, of Loudonville, died early Monday morning, May 15, 2017, at UH Samaritan Medical Center, Ashland, after an extended illness.
John was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Lakeville, the son of the late John R. and Ruth (Raby) Tope, and had lived in Loudonville most of his life. He was a 1942 graduate of Lakeville High School, and following graduation, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II.
Upon his return, he worked for the Flxible Company, spent 20 years with the Standard Oil station in downtown Loudonville and ultimately retired in 1988, following 20 years of service with the Wooster Brush Co., working as a shipping department foreman.
John was a member of First Baptist Church, Loudonville, serving as a deacon, and American Legion Post 257. He served at Meals on Wheels to his community for more than 20 years and enjoyed walking, traveling and his daily McDonald's 1 p.m. coffee group.
Surviving are his wife, Eileen (Eagle) Tope, whom he married July 27, 1943; his son, Rick (Joy) Tope of Las Vegas, Nev.; a grandson, Larry Sweeny of Birmingham, Ala.; five great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a half-brother, Edward Everstine of Fombell, Pa.; and a sister, Clare Clemens of Bellville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Tope in 1966; brothers, William and Paul Tope and Donald Glenn Webb; and sisters, Carrie Klock, Mary Moyer and Lucille Taylor.
Funeral services were Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, with the Rev. Frank Taylor officiating. Burial was in Loudonville Cemetery, where military honors were conducted by the American Legion and VFW.
Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.
The family requests memorial contributions be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 440, Loudonville 44842.