originally published on Thursday, August
Ray Topper, 63, of Westminster, and
formerly of Taneytown and Emmitsburg,
died on August 1, 2006, at the University
of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, after a
He was born September 2, 1942, in
Emmitsburg, son of the late Carroll
Charles Topper and the late Gladys Marie
Topper. He was employed by Dairy Maid
Dairy as a truck driver, until his
illness from the late 1980s through the
late 1990s. He was a member of St.
Joseph's Catholic Church in Taneytown. He
enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening,
cooking and canning, family time and his
He is survived by his loving spouse of 25
years of marriage, Margaret "Peggy"
Topper; five sons, Wilbur Ray Topper Jr.
of Frostburg, Carroll C. Charlie Topper
of Taneytown, Michael A. "Mikie" Topper,
also of Taneytown, Johnny Joseph Topper
of Westminster and Ralph Vincent Topper
of Thurmont; two daughters, Tammy Marie
Topper of Thurmont and Sharon Ann Howard
of Taneytown; two brothers, Francis
Topper of Thorhill, Tenn., and Thomas
Topper of Emmitsburg; two sisters, Betty
Topper of Gettysburg, Pa., and Linda
Kreitz of Thurmont; six grandchildren;
and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his father and mother, Mr.
Topper was predeceased by a sister, Judy
A Memorial Mass will be offered Saturday,
August 5, at 1 p.m., in St. Joseph
Catholic Church, Taneytown, Md.
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