Frederick N. Ropkey Jr.

Frederick Noble Ropkey Jr.

Was born on August 29, 1929 in Indianapolis, IN. He was the son of F. Noble Ropkey and Marjorie Chiles Ropkey. Fred, as he was known, was a graduate of Park School and Depauw University.

In 1949 Fred joined the United States Marine Corps and was activated with the 16th Infantry Batallion June, 1950. He was commissioned as a 2nd. Lieutenant after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Quantico, VA. He served an MOS of 1802 with a secondary of 1842 where he was Tank Battalion Maintenance Officer for the 2nd Marine Division. Fred left active duty in 1955 and received an Honorable Discharge on November 15, 1960.

Fred then joined his father and grandfather in the family printing business, INDECO, started by his grandfather, Ernest C. Ropkey. The name was later changed to Ropkey Graphics. Fred was the CEO for over 50 years.

Fred was co-founder of the North American Branch of the British Sub Aqua Club and served as the club's president for many years. He was very active in the early days of deep water salvage diving in both the Caribbean and the Great Lakes. For over 10 years Fred trained and certified Indiana State Police, Marion Co. Sheriff and fire and rescue teams in underwater rescue.

In 1947, while a student at Park School, Fred bought his first armored vehicle, an M3A1 Scout Car. This led to a life long passion and interest in the collecting and preservation of military vehicles. In 1982 Fred and his son Rick founded the Indiana Museum of Military History which later became the Ropkey Armor Museum.

Fred is survived by his wife Lani, his sons, Rick (Naji), Jim (Durga) and Spike (Little Man) and his daughter, Rosie; his grandchildren, Noble and Rachael and his sister, Marjann Cavell and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by John H. (Skip) Warvel, Luke Penner and Adam Markley, very special friends.

A celebration of Fred's life will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Crown Hill Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a calling at the Ropkey Armor Museum in Crawfordsville, IN on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Fred requested donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Funeral Home

Crown Hill Funeral Home
700 West 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46208

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2013