January 31, 1932 ‒ December 01, 2017
MANSFIELD: Neil Topper, age 85, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.
He was born January 31, 1932 in Ashland to parents Guy & Evelyn (Kane) Topper. After graduating Madison High School with the class of 1949, Neil proudly served his country by joining the US Air Force and was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War.
In 1978, a young lady named Marilyn caught his eye and after years of dating the pair married on February 3, 1990.
Neil was the second owner of Topper’s House of Steak in Mansfield after purchasing the restaurant from his father. In spare time, he enjoyed golfing.
He was a past president of the Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield; a life member of the AMVETS Post #26; American Legion Post #16; the 40 & 8; The Elks Lodge #56; and the Masonic Temple in Mansfield where he was a 32nd degree Mason.
He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn Topper of Mansfield; daughters Linda (John) Groscurth of Evergreen, CO and Susan Salzgeber of Pensacola, FL; step-son Donovan (Denise) Estill of Mansfield; grandchildren Daniel (Kris) Mathews, Jeff Salzgeber, Ben (Christina) Salzgeber, and Mishelle Salzgeber (fiancé Brad Troutman); step-grandchildren Jayme Mitchell and Keely Estill; great-grandchildren Morgan, Leah, Chloe, Carmen, Chase, and Hazel Grace; sister-in-law Sharon (Rich) Roose; brother-in-law Dave (Judy) Shoemaker; and father-in-law David Shoemaker.
In addition to his parents, Neil was preceded in death by his first wife Phyllis Topper; and son-in-law Neil Salzgeber.
His family will host a Celebration of Life service 3pm Monday, December 4, 2017 at the AMVETS Post #26 (1100 W 4th Street in Mansfield) with military honors.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Topper family and encourage you to share a fond memory of Neil at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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