Friday, June 8, 2012

Obituary -- Fred Poppa 1944-2012

Fred R. Poppa, 67, Maryville, Missouri, passed away June 7, 2012 at Parkdale Manor Care Center after a short battle with cancer.
Fred was born on November 8, 1944 in Maryville to Mabel Carmichael & Harold H. Poppa, Sr., both deceased.  Fred graduated from Maryville High School in 1962.  He was married to Rita Wagner, Maryville on June 15, 1963.
  Survivors include his wife, Rita of the home, two children; Tyler A. (Madonna), Forney, Texas and Lori A. Hibbs (Scott Myer) Maryville.   Five grandchildren, Sandra Aleman, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada, Lindsay and Matthew Poppa, Forney, Colton Hibbs, Sheridan, Missouri and Tabitha Hibbs, Maryville; one great-grandson, Iaden Aleman, Las Vegas.  One granddaughter, Elizabeth Poppa preceded Fred in death.
Additional survivors are five brothers: Harold H., Jr., (Donna), Bertram, Texas, Larry (Jill), Bedford, Iowa, Terry (Sharon), Maryville,  Jim (Marlene), St. Joseph, Missouri and Richard (Mary), Orlando, Florida; two sisters Mary (Jerry) Price, Maryville, and Anna (Jim) Jones,  Graham, Missouri;  Fred's dog, Bruce, along with numerous friends and relatives.
Fred retired from United Electric Cooperative in 2004.  Fred's career started with the Cooperative as an Apprentice Lineman in Jan. 1968.  He earned his Journeyman Lineman's certificate, transferred to Grant City in 1973 where he was the Area Serviceman for the Cooperative.  In 1986, Fred was promoted to Operations Manager of the Maryville Nodaway-Worth Electric office where he worked until his retirement. 
After retiring, Fred enjoyed driving the RV around the country.   He was a licensed private pilot who loved to fly.  Another life-long passion was driving racecars.  Other hobbies included golfing, reading, rebuilding vintage Chevrolet pick-ups, Bearcat football, and spending time with his family and friends.
Fred was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Country Club, Elks Lodge #760, & the NWMSU Football Booster Club all of Maryville.  Memorial services were held, Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Maryville. Visitation was 1:00-2:00 p.m., prior to the services.  The body has been cremated.  The family suggests memorials in Fred's name to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society of Nodaway County.   Arrangements were under the direction of Price Funeral Home.

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