Lawrence J. Stopper Jr., 92, Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
His wife, Hazel Elizabeth Stopper, died May 25, 1985.
He was a real estate developer and partner in Stopper Brothers Realty and Development Company. He retired in 1980.
He served for a term of 30 years on the board of directors of the J.A. Bentley Lumber Company and Bentley, Glenmora Lands, Alexandria, La.
Before entering the military, he graduated from Menard Memorial High School, Alexandria La. He attended Dickinson Seminary, Louisiana College and Miami University.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served as a sergeant with Headquarters Company, 1637 Engineer Construction Battalion in the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation. In Germany, his battalion was attached to Patton's Third Army and was awarded a Bronze Star for the Battle of Central Germany. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Ribbon World War II, the German Occupation Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. Stopper was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 844, Williamsport, a 50-year member of the American Legion, Post 1, Williamsport.
Born July 7, 1920, in this city, he was the son of Lawrence J. and Lulu M. Wood Stopper.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin E. Stopper Sr. and sisters, June Stopper Whitehead and Patricia Stopper Smith.
Surviving are five nieces, Debra J. Nix, Cindra A. Stopper, Mary Lou Whitehead, Patricia A. Whitehead, Ann B. Zaks; four nephews, Lawrence J. Stopper, Benjamin E. Stopper Jr., Charles G. Whitehead III, Jeffrey B. Smith; and several great nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., with the Rev. Paul C. Fontanella officiating, followed by burial in Wildwood Cemetery.
Friends and family may call at the church on Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements.