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William Roper

William Merwin "Bill" Roper

Wednesday, May 20th, 1953 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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William Merwin “Bill” Roper 66, of Eagle River, Alaska, and formerly of Ashland, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska following a brief illness.
Bill was born in Ashland on May 20, 1953 the son of James D. and Rita Mae (Farver) Roper. He was a 1971 graduate of Mapleton High School. Following high school Bill worked at Buckeye Heating & Cooling in Ashland before becoming a self-employed construction contractor in the Ashland area.
In 1991 Bill moved to Alaska and operated his own construction company in the Anchorage area. This fit him well as he enjoyed hunting and fishing as his past time.
He is survived by his mother, Rita Mae Roper of Ashland; brother Steven (Sheila) Roper of Ashland; Uncle Bill (Linda) Farver of Ashland, Aunt Rose Marie Imhoff of Mifflin; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father James D. Roper; Aunt Janet, Uncle Sam, Michael & John Grabill and Uncle David Imhoff and daughter Jane (Imhoff) Thompson.
Private family graveside services will be held Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Ashland Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin McClain officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center St., Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1021 Dauch Dr., Ashland, Ohio 44805.
A memorial service for Mr. Roper will be announced at a later date.
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  • Private Graveside Service

    Monday, April 20th, 2020 |
    Monday, April 20th, 2020
    Ashland Cemetery
    532 West Main Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Interment

    Ashland Cemetery
    523 W. Main St.
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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Alice Fetzer

Posted at 05:17pm
Rita I was so surprised to see your son died and I'm very very sorry he was born the same year I got married if you're still in town I would like to talk to you in person.
Alice Fetzer

Pam Bright

Posted at 02:27pm
I graduated with Bill. What a super guy. My prayers go out to you. Pam Hager Bright

william jackson priess

Posted at 01:34pm
May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period; please accept my sincere condolences. May the fond memories of your loved one bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
William Jackson Priess

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