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Nov. 11, 1931 - Jul. 11, 2013
Frederick Billings Hopler, II passed away July 11, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Born November 11, 1931, Fred was the only child of Frederick Billings & Louise Josephine Hopler. He spent his childhood in Kearny, NJ. After graduating from Kearney High School, Fred became a member of the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Fred moved to Florida where he remained until his passing. Fred worked for Sarasota County in the Microfilm Department. He wrote articles on the microfilming of records, and on the protection and preservation of microfilm. He was the only American to win the International McCarthy Award from Eastman Kodak for Excellence of a Microfilm Project.. Fred's biography is listed in the 15th Edition of Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest. After retiring after 30 years of Service for Sarasota County, Fred became interested in writing. His first venture in writing, a novel, Legacy of Gold, was published in July 2006. When not writing, Fred enjoyed coin-collecting, going to the casino and model shipbuilding. His love for telling stories and infectious smile will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Annette Hopler, daughter Beverly (Ed) Reinhard, son Jeffrey (Carla) Hopler, granddaughter Crystal Waters, grandsons Kenneth Gilley & Tristin Hopler, great-grandson Cayson Otto, step-sons Vince St. Lawrence & Matthew St. Lawrence, step-daughter Rochelle Najor and 4 step-grandchildren. Services will be held July 26, 2013 at 1:30pm at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 Hwy 72. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or woundedwarriorproject.org
Published in Herald Tribune from July 21 to July 22, 2013