October 27, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011 Mechanicsburg United Methodist
Monday, October 31, 2011 2 - 6 pm
Dr. Herbert C. Topp, 72 of Mechanicsburg, passed away, Thursday, October 27, 2011 due to an automobile accident.
He was born August 1, 1939 in New Bremen, Ohio and was a 1958 graduate of New Bremen High School. On June 17, 1964 he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University and that evening he opened the Mechanicsburg Veterinary Clinic which he owned and operated for more than 47 years. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association He was inducted to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Honor Roll in 2010.
Dr. Topp was a dedicated community minded person. He volunteered and served on many boards in Champaign County; such as, the Champaign County Agriculture Society, for more than 30 years and most recently was the Champaign County fair’s veterinarian, the Ohio Fair’s Managers, the Farm Bureau of Champaign County, the Goshen Township Trustee and was past president of the Champaign County Township Association, the Maple Grove Cemetery Board, and he served on the Mechanicsburg Board of Education for 16 years.
Dr. Topp was a member of the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church serving on several committees, a member of the Mechanicsburg Lodge # 113 F. & A. M., Mechanicsburg Lions Club, and the Mechanicsburg Eagles # 3974.
He enjoyed farming, listening to country music, singing in the church choir, playing music in the family dance band and calling square dances. Dr. Topp thoroughly enjoyed any community event, high school, college and professional sports, especially OSU football & Cincinnati Reds baseball.
Dr. Topp is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen (Klopfenstein) Topp, his son, Douglas A. (Barbara) Topp of New Bremen, his daughter, DiAnn (William) McMillen of Plain City, his grandchildren, Madison Jane and Matthew William McMillen and step grandchildren, Stacy and Jonathan Walterbusch; his brothers, Marvin (Linda) Topp and Thomas Topp both of New Bremen, his sisters, Martha (Paul) Ewing of Williamsport, Ohio and Doris (Jerry) Carr of Kansas City, MO, his sister-in-law, Mary Lou Topp of Botkins and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Carl and Angela Catherine (Berning) Topp and his brother, Donald Topp.
A celebration of life gathering will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2011 in the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church.
Burial be in the Maple Grove Cemetery Mechanicsburg. Memorial contributions may be given in lieu of flowers to the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, 42 N. Main St., Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044. Services are entrusted to the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.