Neil Topper

January 31, 1932 ‒ December 01, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • My two sisters and I worked for his parents at the Hotel in Fredericktown many years ago. That was the first job for each of us. Good people to work for. Was looking for another obituary when I saw this, so thought I would share a memory. I just remember him in his much younger days. Hugs

  • Marilyn & Family, I am here if you need anything. Sending love,faith & prayers to all of you through this rough time.

  • Neil was a special man, loved hearing his stories and the time we spent playing cards or riding the Box Car, he will be missed. My condolences and thoughts are with the family. Pat James-Hasser

  • So sorry for your loss. I am the daughter of Don McCormack (deceased). My Grandma, Eva was Neil’s Moms sister. I remember Neil from visits with my Dad. I believe the last time I saw him was at my Uncle Gene Aungsts’ funeral. He was always nice and my Dad thought a lot of him. May your memories keep him close.


    Lois (McCormack) Baker

  • To the families, so sorry for the loss of your loved one, while attending high school
    I had the pleasure working for the Toppers and knowing Neil, was good to hear he had a good life. He also passed away on my birthday. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • I have lots of memories of going to Toppers. My Parents used to take us to dinner there on Friday evenings to get lobster. My Dad had given Neil’s Dad a yardstick to smack against his legs as he walked by our table to let us know he was watching us, and to behave. My father, Jerry, knew Neil and his Dad much better than I did, and always said they were nice people.
    I was a little girl when I met Neil and I continued to go to Toppers after I was old enough to drive, and until I moved out of Mansfield. I would insist my friends eat there (as much as I could) because the food was good and so was the service. And my Dad and I would have lunch there also, when I started working for him. Neil always greeted us and was very welcoming.
    I did not know Neil beyond the restaurant, but I did know he treated me and my family very well. Toppers brings back lots of very good memories.

    My condolences to the family.

  • Dear Marilyn, We are sorry you have lost your dear Soul Mate, Neil. We pray for healing of your broken heart. Our condolences to your family and all of Neil’s many friends.