Carl Tope


LATTY -- Carl Jacob Tope, 93, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding, Ohio.

He was born November 23, 1919, in Paulding County, Ohio, the son of Elza and Emma (Hubert) Tope. On November 21, 1942, he married Eleanor M. Riggenbach, who preceded him in death on February 13, 2001. He retired in 1985 from GM Powertrain, Defiance, Ohio, as a millwright. He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 in the 603rd Squadron, 398th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force; a member of the Friends United Methodist Church of Latty, Ohio; John Paulding Historical Society Life Member; Paulding VFW Post 587 life member; Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405 life member; and a member of UAW Local 211.

He is survived by three daughters, Connie J. Scarpelli, Bay Village, Ohio, Diane K. (Kevin) Bair, Van Wert, Ohio, and Tamara J. (Jack) Drahus, Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Catherine Stoller, Paulding, and Margaret (Bill) Clemens, Latty; grandchildren, Amanda (Don) Megliola, Aaron (Shelly) Scarpelli, Bryce Kreischer, Tracie (Jeff) Taylor, Darcie and Nicholas Drahus ; and great-grandchildren, Don Thomas and Ella Megliola, and Ryan Scarpelli.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a daughter, Janet Sue Tope; three brothers, Wilbur, August, and Ira Tope; two sisters, Maxine Riggenbach and Dorathea Blue.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at Friends United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, February 22, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Donations may be made to John Paulding Historical Society or Friends United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to

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  • Diane, I was so sorry to hear about your father passing. Carl was one of the good, steady father figures I saw as we were growing up. Please accept my family's deep condolences and stay strong Sis!!! Best of life to you & your family. Love, as ever, Bob Rowe