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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/25/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Stephen Ray Lopeman, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • RIP Lumpy!

    Posted on 3/1/15 - by John Thomas Stover (Smokey)
    Steve (Lumpy) was a big guy! Everyone in school knew who he was! Hard nosed, and quite gentle. He was rough on the edges but more mellow in the inside. He was quite active with our High School Football program. When he hit you; you knew it.
    I couldn't believe it when I called home one night; (Active Duty - AF) and my parents informed me he was gone. Quite a shock. I'm glad he was with a close friend at that time. (Clayton Swanson)..
    We lost a good guy that day in 1969. I will forever remember him.
    When I return to PT; I drive by his resting place and give my respects each and every time. An American Hero lies buried here! GOD Bless you, Lumpy!
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 5/11/12 - by A Marine
    Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 4/14/10 - by

    Port Townsend Leader, Port Townsend WA May 22, 1969

    Funeral Services were held Saturday afternoon at the First United Presbyterian Church for Stephen R. Lopeman, 19 year old Marine PFC killed in Viet Nam May 11 during action against the enemy. The Rev. Lance Cubley officiated at the services, Jack Mendro sang “At the Eastern Gate" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", accompanied by Sheila Pray. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery at Chimacum with Marines serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jon Bill, Robert Cook, Tom Hall, Raleigh Haynes, Don Coulter, Robert Coulter, Tom Johnson, Jimmie Porter, Owen Porter, Mike Hurd, Jim Bishop and Bill Stewie. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva L. Lopeman of Port Townsend, the young Marine was born in this city on May 1, 1950. He graduated from the local high school before entering the service last July. He was a member of the San Jaun Baptist Mission, Junior Odd Fellows Subordinate Lodge at Chimacum. Surviving in addition to the parents are three sisters, Jennetta Warner of Morgan City, La, Jaunita Strobel of Olympia and Colletta Lopeman of Port Townsend; four brothers, Leo of Kelso, Fred of Olympia, Donald of Chicago and Captain Ronald G Lopeman of Washington D.C. The family suggests that remembrances be in the form of contributions to the Odd Fellows Building Fund, in care of Robert Lowerre.

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    (Port Townsend Leader, Port Townsend WA 15 May 1969)

    The Viet Nam war taken for granted by so many struck Port Townsend this week with the announcement that 19 year old Steve Lopeman youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Lopeman, was killed in action. Word was received by the family Tuesday when representatives of the Marine Corps visited the Lopeman home. Stephen a 1968 Port Townsend graduate, died from wounds received while his unit was in a search and clear mission in Quang Nam Province of Viet Nam, the scene of heavy Marine fighting this week. He died Sunday, May 11-Mothers day. Lopeman entered the Marine Corps July 9, 1968. He was promoted to the rank of Private first class two weeks before his death. He celebrated his 19th birthday May 1. In high school Stephen was a member of the football team, playing both guard and tackle. He joined the Junior Odd Fellows of Chimacum Lodge at the age of 12, and this past December was inducted into the senior lodge by his father. Mrs. Lopeman reported that she received a letter from Stephen Monday noting his unit is playing hide and seek with the Viet Cong. "He was in the worst zone. There has been heavy fighting there all week. The [daily] paper reported some 19 marines had died in action this week." In high school Stephen was active in Boy's Club, T-Club and the Safeteens. He was a member of the San Jaun Baptist Mission. Besides his parents, surviving brothers and sisters include Leo Lopeman of Kelso; Fred of Olympia; Army Capt. Ronald Lopeman of Washington D.C.; Donald of Chicago; Mrs. Jennetta Lue Warner of Louisiana; Mrs. Jaunita Sue Strobel, and Colletta Rue Lopeman of the family home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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