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CARL JACOB TOPE, 93, died on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding, Ohio. Born Nov. 23, 1919, in Paulding County, Ohio, he was a son of Elza and Emma (Hubert) Tope. On Nov. 21, 1942, he married Eleanor M. (Riggenbach); she preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2001. He retired in 1985 from GM Powertrain, Defiance, Ohio as a millwright. He was a United States Amy Air Corp veteran of World War II, serving as a ball turret gunner on a B17 in the 603rd Squadron, 398th Bomb Group 8th Air Force; a member of Friends United Methodist Church of Latty, Ohio; John Paulding Historical Society life member; Paulding V.F.W. Post 587 life member; Paulding Eagles 2405 life member; and a member of U.A.W. 211. He is survived by three daughters, Connie J. Scarpelli of Bay Village, Ohio, Diane K. (Kevin) Bair of Van Wert, Ohio, and Tamara J. (Jack) Drahus of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Catherine Stoller of Paulding, and Margaret (Bill) Clemens, Latty; grandchildren, Amanda (Don) Meglioa, Aaron (Shelly) Scarpelli, Bryce Kreischer, Tracie (Jeff) Taylor, Darcie and Nicholas Drahus; and great-grandchildren, Don Thomas, Ella Meglioa and Ryan Scarpelli. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a daughter, Janet Sue Tope; three brothers, Wilbur, August and Ira Tope; and two sisters, Maxine Riggenbach and Dorathea Blue. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Friends United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Donations may be made to John Paulding Historical Society or Friends United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 19, 2013
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