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William Loper service Wednesday

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William E. “Bill” Loper, 70, of Rochester, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 3,2011, surrounded by his family.

William Eugene was born September 17, 1941 to Robert Carlton Loper and Selema Mildred (King) Loper in Valparaiso. He grew up in Chesterton, where he attended Chesterton High School.

He married Karen Pendley on Jan. 1, 1960. They had four children and later divorced. He married Cynthia Ault on Aug. 24, 1985, in Rochester, and gained two more daughters.

Bill is survived by his wife, Cindy, at home; his children, Ginger (Loper) Reed and husband Bob, Tariesa (Loper) Vendola, all of Rochester, Matthew Loper and wife Lyn, Fulton, Kari (Loper) Felda and husband Jim, Kewanna, Rhonda (Wiegand) Johnson and husband Brian, and Lauren (Wiegand) Jefferies and husband Dan, all of Rochester.

He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Loper, of Warsaw, and Richard Loper, of Cromwell and close cousin, Gloria Vance of Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

A crane operator, Bill built pipelines for NIPSCO and later worked in the NIPSCO plant at Royal Center. After retiring in 1996 with 37 years of service, he worked at the local County Post store and later as a bus driver for Rochester Community Schools and then a custodian for North Miami Schools. He also drove a bus for Life Care Center.

Bill dedicated time to Rochester Little and Senior leagues and 4-H Horse and Pony Club with his children and grandchildren. He was a Past Worshipful Master in the F & AM Masonic Lodge No. 70 of Rochester, and a member of the Shriner’s Horse Patrol. He also belonged to Eastern Woodland Carvers in Converse.

Bill attended and was a member of First Baptist Church in Rochester. In addition to serving in various ministries in the church, his worship there inspired him to draw others close to Jesus through Emmaus Walk retreats and church camp.

Friends are invited to join Bill’s family in celebrating his life during an 11 a.m. service Wednesday, Dec. 7, at First Baptist Church, 1000 Main St., Rochester, Ind. Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, Ind. and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Gifts in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church or Martin Hall at Life Care Center. Friends may sign Bill's guestbook or light a candle in his memory at




Posted 12/6/2011