BENNY N. SHOPOFF, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 30, 1926, he was a son of Naum (Nick) Shopoff and Stasa (Stella) Christoff, immigrants from Macedonia. He was a member of the Elks for 60 years, and everyone who knew him, knew golfing was his life. After graduation from Central High School, where he played football and was known as "Big Benny". He joined the Navy in 1944 and served on an LST in the Pacific during World War II. Benny married N. Louise Lovely on April 11, 1948, in Fort Wayne. He worked as a driver at the Sunshine Dairy, which became People's Dairy, and was ultimately owned by Allen Dairy where he retired from in 1987. Surviving are his daughter, Karen S. Malone-Foltz of New Haven; grandson, Marc Malone of Fishers, Ind.; great-grandson, Ryan (Katie) Malone of Fort Wayne; great-granddaughter Kylee Malone of Fort Wayne; great-grandson, Sam Malone of Fishers, Ind.; and two great-great-grandchildren, Emma and Cullen of Fort Wayne; and his best friend, golf partner and brother, Tom Shopoff of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by wife, Neva Louise (Lovely) Shopoff, in 2005; parents, Nick and Stella Shopoff; sister, Sophia (Sally) Shopoff; brother, Peter Shopoff; great-great-grandson, Cooper Jayden Malone; and dear friend, Char Bierbaum. "A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, and the warm and caring nursing staff at Parkview Memorial Regional Center. A heartfelt thanks to the special group of volunteers that sit bedside 24 hours a day with all Hospice patients whose motto is 'Nobody dies alone'." Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. David Mitchell officiating. Visitation also from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home or the
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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Maplewood Park
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Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 24, 2013