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Charles "Tubby" F. Clopper, 85

July 08, 2010
  • Charles "Tubby" F. Clopper
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DEC. 16, 1924-JULY 6, 2010

BOONSBORO - Charles "Tubby" F. Clopper, 85, of Boonsboro, Md., died suddenly Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at his home.

Born Dec. 16, 1924, in Boonsboro, he was the son of the late Thomas S. and Mary L. (Haller) Clopper Sr.

His wife, Kathryn E. (Smith) Clopper, preceded him in death on May 26, 1985.

Mr. Clopper was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.

He was a lifetime resident of Boonsboro, having graduated from Boonsboro High School.

He was a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Boonsboro.

Following his military service, Mr. Clopper was employed by Fairchild Industries. He later worked in custodial services for the Washington County Board of Education, having retired after working his entire career at Boonsboro High School. He and his wife owned and operated Clopper Florist in Boonsboro.

Tubby was a member of Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro, Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 378 in Hagerstown, Md., and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 1758 in Waynesboro, Pa.

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Mr. Clopper had his own greenhouse and enjoyed raising orchids as well as collecting model trains.

He is survived by his nieces, Connie Myers of Williamsport, Md., Marilyn McGlothin of Oak Hill, Va., Linda Kendle of Funkstown, Md. and Tina Hensley of Boonsboro; and his nephews, Larry May of Boonsboro, Donald Shoemaker Jr. and Thomas Shoemaker, both of Frederick, Md., Edward Clopper of Funkstown and Raymond Shoemaker of Asher, Okla. He is also survived by many great-nieces and -nephews; great-great-nieces and -nephews; as well as his special friend, Gloria Bragunier of Hagerstown.

Mr. Clopper was preceded in death by his two sisters, Christine Shoemaker and Nancy Kretzer; his brother, Thomas S. "Dodge" Clopper Jr.; his nephew, Craig Shoemaker; and his niece, Susan Seals.

A funeral ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, 2010, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Robert G. Brennan Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Boonsboro Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by the Marine Corps League of Hagerstown and AMVETS Post 10 of Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, 134 S. Main St., Boonsboro, MD 21713.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at http://www.baststaufferfuneralhome.com.

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