February 6, 1932 - December 10, 2016
“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain;
But he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.”
Born Feb. 6, 1932 in Cable, Ohio to Elmer and Ethel (Eckurd) Ropp. Graduated from Urbana Local School in 1952, an athlete who excelled in baseball, track and basketball. Played fast pitch softball for many years and traveled and played with the best. He enjoyed pitching and playing third base and was known as “Skeeter” to many. Enjoyed watching Cincinnati Reds, Brown’s Football and OSU. He especially loved being at the annual July 3rd Shoot Out each year with the Fountain Circle Gang who he loves as his family.
Worked for several years at NCR in Dayton where he met his best friend, Dick Neal, and also worked at Smith Douglas Fertilizer, Landmark and retired from Drackett. Don was a hard worker, working as a farm hand at a young age and drove a dairy truck. He has always been committed to taking care of his family. He looked forward to the Ropp reunions, going out to eat at monthly family gatherings, playing cards, telling jokes, going for coffee with siblings, wood working, sharpening saws blades, cooking and looked forward to the annual fish fry. He was a great neighbor to many. He was very compassionate about watching his grandchildren in all of their sporting events and he was so very proud. He was blessed to be a part of a large and loving family . Where family is first.
He was married 57 years to his High School sweetheart, Joyce “Jo” Hedgecock. Children: Kenny Ropp and Tonya and Tim West. He is “Papa” to Matthew (Brittney) Ropp, Ryan(Megan) West and Tara West and great grandchildren: Brooklyn and Sloane West.
Survived by siblings: Marvin”Buck” (Flossie) Ropp, Roger (Patti) Ropp and Barbara Jean Ropp. Sister in laws: Fern, Barb, Irma Ropp and Jean Greiner and June (Carl) Conner, Great Aunt Jenny Shivler and brother in law: Bill McConnell. Proceeded in death by parents, wife Jo, brothers: Cecil, Leonard (Laura), Junior, Robert, Paul and Ronnie and sister: Margaret and Delmar McCain, Sister in Law: Connie McConnell and Brother in Law: Don Griener. There was nothing more important to him than his family. He is survived by several nieces and nephews who also hold a very special place in his heart.
Known for his contagious smile, kindness, dedication to others, sense of humor, love for sports, and was always ready to go fishing, hunting, dancing and singing. He was such an unselfish soul who put others first and who always paid kindness forward. He served is community proudly.
Don peacefully passed on Dec. 10th at Mercy McAuley Center. To everyone who came to visit him, your visits were priceless to him. Many heartfelt thanks to the tremendous staff that provided him with excellent care, compassion, purpose and who made so many special moments happen for him. We are humbled by the care of Dr. Aijaz.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 22, 2016 in VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, with Rev. Nancy Hardin officiating. A casual gathering of friends and family will be held for 1 hour prior to the service from 10-11. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mercy McAuley Center Activity Department, 906 Scioto Street Urbana, Ohio 43078.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Saw your dad’s obituary in the Telegram. I know how much you thought of your dad and I’m so sorry. I wish I could have done more for you. Love you much, Angie
Barbara and Family Please know you have our sincere sympathy in the loss of your brother. Sincerely, Roger and Carol
Sorry for your loss. I worked with Don at Drackett, a good man. He will be missed
Kenny and Tonya,
Sorry to hear about your dad. Wherever I saw him, he always spoke. Very nice man. I know he missed your mom terribly. Well, they are together again, having the greatest reunion in heaven! The loss is still hard but we have that promise of seeing them again.