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CDR Richard Earl Nopper (USNR, Ret) passed away Saturday, March 17th, 2012. He was 95 years old, a WW II veteran and a member of The Greatest Generation. He is survived by his wife, Esther Moresi Nopper, son Richard Nopper (Darcy), daughter Jane Arrington (Sam), daughter Lisa Marple (Ray) and grandsons Benjamin and William Arrington.

He was born December 3, 1916 in Baltimore, MD, the son of the late Annie Groome and George Nopper. He graduated in 1934 from Baltimore PolyTechnic Institute and in 1937 from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He entered active duty military service in 1940. He served in the Boston Navy Yard and aboard the USS Alabama in the Pacific Theatre. He received an American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 stars, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Naval Reserved Ribbon, and a Combat Action Ribbon.

He completed graduate studies at The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. He received a BA in 1985 from Villanova University. He remained in the naval reserve until retirement after 24 years. He was a PE and worked in Philadelphia for the General Electric Company in the power transmission division until retirement in 1981.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Marion Nopper and brothers Edward Nopper and Willis Nopper.

He will be missed by his nieces and nephews, and stepdaughters Regina Moore (Ned) and Deanna Slota (Robert). He was Nonno to many step- grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

He was a lifelong boater learning to sail at the Naval Academy. He built his first boat and continued sailing well into his 90's. He had an easy smile, loved to travel, golf, and adored his beloved Esther.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Meadows at Shannondell for their care and attention.

His service and interment are private.
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Family services provided by Boyd-Horrox of Norristown, 610-277-7000.