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Charles Kenneth Clopper Sr., 76

February 06, 2009

-FEB. 4, 2009

LAKE CHARLES, La. - Charles Kenneth Clopper Sr., 76, of Lake Charles, La., died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at 8:20 a.m. at a local hospital.

A native of Hagerstown, Md., Charles arrived in Lake Charles as an Air Force airman stationed at Chennault Air Force Base in 1953. He met and married Patilou Castaine and produced five children before being restationed. Following a 26-year military career, Charles retired as a master sergeant and returned to Lake Charles in 1977 to take up a 15-year career with J.C. Penney, followed by eight years as an employee of The Eye Clinic.

Charles had a passion for sports and was a 30-year member of the NFHS Officials Association, officiating high school football games throughout southwest Louisiana and attending every McNeese home game. With a love for history and geography, he was an avid reader and stayed current with world events. He and his family were active volunteers with the American Red Cross for 17 years. Charles loved his community and family and will be missed terribly.

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Mr. Clopper is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patilou Castaine Clopper of Lake Charles; five children, Deborah Bourgeois and husband, Charles, of Houston, Texas, Charles "C.K." Clopper Jr. and wife, Jo, of Lake Charles, Christopher Clopper and wife, Teresa, of Bangkok, Thailand, James Clopper of Lake Charles, and David Clopper of La Porte, Texas; one sister, June Shank and husband, Charles, of Hagerstown; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Deacon George Carr will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Consolata Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the funeral home and friends are invited to join and share memories at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8 a.m. until the start of the service.

Words of condolence to the family may be left at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.

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