John W. Roper, 92, Vero Beach

John W. Roper, 92, died May 29, 2011, at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.

He was born in Brighton, Mass., and lived in Vero Beach for 23 years, coming from Stuart.

He was an executive with General Telephone and Electric for 30 years until his retirement in 1976.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a volunteer at the Indian River Medical Center and was a member of the Indian River Volunteer Ambulance Squad.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Anne Roper, of Vero Beach; sons, Lance Roper, of Boston, Garrett Roper, of San Francisco, and Craig Roper, of Wayne, N.J.; daughter, Sharon Kneussl, of Kingsville, Md.; brother, Richard Roper, of Tucson, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Roper; and sisters, Hazel Roper and Virginia Roper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indian River Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 3401 Indian River Drive E., Vero Beach, FL 32963.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. June 10 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, with the Rev. Richard Flick officiating.

Military honors will be by the Army Honor Guard and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3918, Vero Beach.

Interment will be private in Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach.

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