Erwin Topper

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Erwin Topper, 72, of Dawsonville passed away at home Sept. 13, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. He was born in Strasburg, Germany, Nov. 4, 1941, to Apolonia and Theodore Topper who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Broome Topper; sisters, Irma Pylyshenko and husband Mirko, and Inge White all of Rochester, N.Y.; and a loving extended family.
Erwin received his high school education in Yale, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State University where he earned a BS. He then joined the United States Marine Corps where he was commissioned, promoted to Captain and served seven years with tours in Viet Nam, where he was decorated and received two Purple Hearts. Due to his wounds, he retired from the Marine Corps. He then entered Georgia State University earning and MBA.
His second career was with the Army Corps of Engineers where he served for 28 years. He was best recognized as the Operations Manager for Lake Lanier for 23 years. Topper, as he was known, brought many innovations to Lake Lanier. For that he was recognized twice by the Chief of Engineers resulting in Lake Lanier being recognized as the best lake in the nation. He was also recognized as Employee of the Year in the Corps of Engineers. Upon his retirement he was selected for the Hall of Fame in the Mobile District of the Corps of Engineers. The National Recreation Society selected him as a Legend in the field of recreation. Priorities in his management were public service, public safety, environmental stewardship and water management.
Away from work, he participated as a member of the Veterans Association, Disabled Veterans Association and Military Officers Association. He was also a member of the American and Georgia Quarter Horse Associations and showed his horses on a local and national scale, winning many prestigious awards.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cumming. Inturnment will follow at 2:23 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.
Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Equine Rescue League of Georgia (
Condolences may be expressed online at
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2014
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