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Obituary of Robert G. ROPER (b 25 Oct 1918 - Toledo, Lucas County, OH, d 01 Dec 1975 - Bowling Green, Wood County, OH)

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Obituary of Robert G. ROPER (b 25 Oct 1918 - Toledo, Lucas County, OH, d 01 Dec 1975 - Bowling Green, Wood County, OH)

William A. Roper, Jr. (View posts)
Posted: 1104194679000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Roper, Hissem, Boosembark
The following is a transcription of the obituary of Robert G. ROPER (b 25 Oct 1918 - Toledo, Lucas County, OH, d 01 Dec 1975 - Bowling Green, Wood County, OH) appearing in the Wood County Sentinel Tribune on Monday, 01 Dec 1975:

"Robert Roper, ex-councilman, dies at 57"

"Robert G. ROPER, a former Bowling Green City councilman and treasurer, suffered a heart attack and was dead on arrival this morning at Wood County Hospital.

Mr. ROPER, 57, of 521 E. Poe Road, was the financial administrator of the Bowling Green State University Health Center.

Mr. ROPER was first employed at BGSU in 1954 when he was hired as the university bursar. In November, 1967 he became the business manager of the health center. His title was later changed to that of administrator.

Prior to working at BGSU, he was an office manager for the Toledo architectural and engineering firm of Bellman, Gillett and Richards.

He was a city councilman for 12 years in the 1950s and the 1960s and was elected city treasurer in 1969 after being appointed to the post. His term as treasurer ended Dec. 31, 1973.

Mr. ROPER served five years in the Army during World War II and was wounded in action. When discharged from the service, he held the rank of captain.

He was an elder in First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge and Exchange Club, all of Bowling Green, as well as the Bowling Green High School Athletic Booster Club.

He was born Oct. 25, 1918 in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart ROPER (Beth HISSEM). He moved to Scotch Ridge as a boy and was graduated from Webster Township High School. In 1948, he received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from BGSU.

Mr. ROPER moved to Bowling Green in 1940 and married Gayle Boosembark in 1941.

Surviving are his wife; five sons, Christopher, Kevin, Michael, Shane and Todd; one brother, John, Woodville; one sister, Mrs. Eunice WHITE, Wyandotte, Mich., and three grandchildren.

Three brothers preceeded him in death.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. ROPER. The Dunn Funeral Home will announce the details of the memorial service later.


Thanks are due to the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, which kindly furnished me with a copy of the obituary transcribed above. The Wood County Chapter may be contacted at:

Wood County Chapter
The Ohio Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 722
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402-0722

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NOTE 1: Robert G. ROPER (b 25 Oct 1918 - Toledo, Lucas County, OH, d 01 Dec 1975 - Bowling Green, Wood County, OH) was the son of Stewart Davidson ROPER (b 18 May 1885 - Wood, OH, d 12 Apr 1922 - Panama) and Beth Rebecca HISSEM (b Jan 1888 - NE, d 05 Mar 1970 - Wood, OH). Stewart Davidson ROPER's obituary appears in my Post "Obituary of Stewart Davidson ROPER (b 18 May 1885 - Wood, OH, d 12 Apr 1922 - Panama)" at . He was the grandson of Thomas B. ROPER (b 26 Mar 1842 - Lincolnshire, England, d 27 Mar 1923 - Scotch Ridge, Wood County, OH) and Jeanette Stewart ROPER (b Oct 1840 - Wood, OH, d 07 Mar 1923 - Scotch Ridge, Wood County, OH). I previously posted the obituaries of each at and .

NOTE 2: The obituary states that Robert G. ROPER was born in Toledo and I have shown this as his place of birth in the Subject of this Post. But I would point out that the family of Stewart ROPER was from Webster Township, Wood County, OH. By 1920, this family was residing in the Panama Canal Zone, a fact omitted from the obituary and it was here that young Robert G. ROPER is first shown enumerated in Census at age 2 (See my Post "1920 Census Record for Stewart and Beth ROPER, of Cristobal District, Panama Canal Zone" at ). It is clear from the Census records that the family of Stewart ROPER must have first resided in Panama during the interval from about 1910 through 1912 or 1913, as the two eldest children were born there. Moreover, I have NOT located Stewart ROPER in the 1910 Census enumeration. But by 11 Oct 1914, the date of John H. ROPER's birth, at least Beth Hissem ROPER had returned to Ohio, where the family must have resided together until just prior to the 1920 Census enumeration. John, Walter and Robert ROPER were all born in Ohio, but the family is back in Panama at the date of the 1920 Census enumeration there: 15 Jan 1920. Thereafter, the youngest child, Richard Joseph ROPER was also born in Panama prior to Stewart ROPER's untimely death 12 Apr 1922. The family thereafter settled in Webster Township, Wood County, Ohio (See my Post "1930 Census Record for Beth Rebecca Hissem ROPER, widow of Stewart ROPER, of Webster, Wood County, Ohio" at ).

NOTE 3: Robert G. ROPER's Ohio death certificate shows the date of death as 01 Dec 1975 and place of death as Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio. His residence at death is also shown as Bowling Green, Wood County, OH, consistent with the obituary. The death certificate is recorded in Volume 22326 with certificate number 094135. This information is taken from an abstract of the death certificate appearing in Index form. I have NOT seen the original death certiifcate.

NOTE 4: The brothers who predeceased Robert G. ROPER were Walter S. ROPER (b abt 1916 - OH), who was killed during World War II, Richard Joseph ROPER (b 23 Feb 1921 - Panama, d 08 Mar 1966 - Upper Arlington, Franklin County, OH), and Thomas Baker ROPER (b abt 1911 - Panama, d 30 Aug 1968 - Toledo, Lucas, OH). The obituaries of these latter two brothers are Posted at and . The surviving brother was John H. ROPER (b 11 Oct 1914 - OH, d 26 Mar 1982). The surviving sister was Eunice B. Roper WHITE (b 24 May 1912 - Panama, d 16 Apr 2000 -Wyandotte, Wayne, MI).

NOTE 5: The disposition of the children is further described in the obituary of Robert G. ROPER's widow Gayle Boosembark ROPER dated 02 Mar 1992, which I will separately Post in a subsequent message.

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