William G. "Hoppy" Hoppert, 86, Inverness, Fla., died Aug. 14, 2013, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Hoppy was born March 16, 1927, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He served our country in the United States Army immediately following WWII as the Army of Occupation. He started his working career at Keiser Frasier before moving to Florida in 1957. He worked for Montgomery Wards in St. Petersburg and relocated to Inverness in March 1969, after which he worked for Frank Avanzini Lumber Yard. Hoppy then became a firefighter and fire inspector for Citrus County. After retirement from there, he worked for Citrus County Sheriff's Office for five years and then the Bank of Inverness for eight more years. Hoppy served on the Board of Directors for the Citrus County Fair Association, was active in the model railroad club and a member of VFW #4337 of Inverness, where he was known for his karaoke singing. A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a clown for the Shriner's Hospital and portrayed Santa Claus at the Bank of Inverness for many years.
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Left to cherish his memory is his twin sons, Jerry and wife Margaret Hoppert, Spring Hill and Larry and wife Carolyn Hoppert, St. Petersburg; his daughter, Debbra Townsend and her husband Bruce Miller, Hudson; stepdaughters, Sandra, Cindy and Susie; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline Aug. 14, 2003; and his daughter, Dawn Oliva in 2005.
Friends are invited to share in the celebration of Hoppy's life at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Pastor Greg Kell officiating with military honors to follow. The family will greet friends from 1 p.m, until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Hoppy's memory to Disabled American Veterans Association, 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, FL 34453.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Aug. 17, 2013