Richard Joseph Dopyera, 72, of Clifton Twp., died Sunday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton.
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Born in Johnson City, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph Richard and Jean Rehak Dopyera. He was educated in Binghamton, N.Y., schools and joined the Navy at the age of 17. Later he worked for Con-Edison for 38 years, operating the turbine engines that produced electrical power for New York City. He was a member of VFW Post 5207, Daleville, and American Legion Post 274, Gouldsboro.
Surviving are a daughter, Delena Schaefer and husband, Warren, Canaan, N.Y.; a son, Joseph and wife, Anna, Brooklyn, N.Y.; his ex-wife, Phyllis, with who he remained close; his companion, Millicent Luft; his close friends, Dennis and Marjorie Eddy, Gouldsboro; and his grandchildren, Nicholas and Paul Dopyera; and Matthew and Haley Schaffer.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jean Cook.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 6:45. Memorial contributions may be made to Stand Up to Cancer, File 1224, 1801 W. Olympic Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91199-1224; make checks payable to SU2C.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfu neralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 9, 2012