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John Tope Jr., 93, of Loudonville died early Monday morning, May 15, 2017 in UH Samaritan Medical Center, Ashland following an extended illness.
John was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Lakeville and was the son of John R. and Ruth (Raby) Tope. He lived in Loudonville most of his life and was a 1942 graduate of Lakeville High School. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during World War II. Upon his return, he worked for the Flxible Co., 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 the American Legion Post 257. John served 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.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen (ne Eagle) Tope, whom he married July 27, 1943; his son, Rick (Joy) Tope of Las Vegas; one grandson, Larry Sweeny of Birmingham, Alabama; five great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a half brother, Edward Everstine of Fombell, Pennsylvania; and a sister, Clare Clemens of Bellville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Tope in 1966; three brothers, William and Paul Tope and Donald Glenn Webb; and three sisters, Carrie Klock, Mary Moyer and Lucille Taylor.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, with the Rev. Frank Taylor officiating. Burial with military honors by the American Legion and VFW will follow in Loudonville Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Lindsey Funeral Home. The family request memorial contributions be sent to First Baptist Church, PO Box 440, Loudonville, OH 44842. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.