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Frank Joseph "Joe" Topping

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FRANK JOSEPH "JOE" TOPPING Passed away with his children and grandchildren by his side, on September 6, 2013. Son of Joseph Drysdale and Mary Francis Topping, Frank was born April 5, 1934 in Rugby, CO. As a young boy, Frank, who came to be known as Joe, moved with his family to Santa Ana, CA. Joe joined the U.S. Army in 1956 and was stationed at the Signal Corp. Repair Station in Pennsylvania for two years of active service. He also served two years in the Army Reserves. Joe was a Sheet Metal Journeyman by trade and he retired from Tardiff Sheet Metal after 49 years. His works can still be seen at First Baptist Church of Corona, where he fabricated the crosses that hang above the entrance to the Meetinghouse. At 25, he met his lifelong love, Delma Joyce 'Rusty' Topping, and they married on November 14, 1959. A full life followed with Joe and Rusty raising four children - Traci, Penny (Steve), David (Laura) and Linda (Ralph) and doting on 11 grandchildren. They settled their family in Corona, CA in 1969 and became an active part of the community, as well as members of First Baptist Church of Corona. Joe's desire to help where help was needed led him to serve and chair on numerous church boards, to lead Baptist Youth Fellowship (BYF) with Rusty for many years, and to build, fix or repair anything he was called on to handle. Joe was an adventurous soul, ready to climb, hike, ride or roll at a moment's notice. His happiest moments were with his family, especially when we were camping. One of his favorite destinations was Yosemite National Park, where he climbed Half Dome on at least three occasions. He was planning the next family vacation there and would have loved nothing more than to make it to the top just one more time. The apple didn't fall far from the tree, as Joe took up bowling later in life and he enjoyed league play, just like his mom had in her later years. Joe was a loyal and forever fan of Angels Baseball and he loved taking his friends and family to games. He'll be rooting them on from his skybox in heaven. Joe was preceded in death by both parents, a sister, Linda, two brothers, Jim and Paul, daughter-in-law, Wendy and beautiful wife, Rusty. Our dad was one of the most patient, kind, compassionate and loving men around. He had a quiet strength that proved a great example to those around him. Dad was always a phone call away from anyone needing help. He leaves a legacy of service, commitment and true joy for life to all of those who loved him. A viewing will be held from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, September 12 at Thomas Miller Mortuary. A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Friday, September 13 at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Corona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joe Topping Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church Corona, wherein funds will be available to those in need.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2013
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