Saturday, March 31, 2012

Glenn Lopour

Glenn R. Lopour, age 72, was born to eternal life surrounded by his loving family and friends on Saturday, March 31, 2012, following a brave and courageous decade long battle with prostate cancer.

Glenn was born in Racine on October 13, 1939, to the late Frank and Mary (nee: Obal) Lopour. On May 4, 1968, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sheila Sipher, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church where he was a lifelong member.

Glenn served overseas in the United States Air Force from 1957-1960. Glenn was stationed in Japan where he worked on installing navigation systems for aircraft. Glenn was part of the team responsible for the installation of the first ILS system in Naha, Okinawa. After being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, Glenn began working for Oster Manufacturing as a chemist until he was hired by Wisconsin Bell/AT&T as a systems engineer. After working for nearly 30 years for Wisconsin Bell/AT&T, Glenn retired in 1993. Glenn then pursued a career with TCG, serving as a fiber optic technician from 1995-2001 when he retired upon the diagnosis of his illness.

Glenn was an Eagle scout, a proud graduate of St. Catherine’s High School, Class of 1957, an active member of St. John Nepomuk parish, spent time coaching sports his children played, was a member of the phone company pioneers and the U.C.T. Glenn loved life. He fought hard to give his friends and family all the additional time he could. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his family, he enjoyed fishing, traveling, gardening and the Green Bay Packers. He had a passion for airplanes and air shows. Glenn enjoyed attending games at Lambeau Field and was a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

Glenn is survived by his loving wife of forty-four years, Sheila; children, Matthew Lopour of Kenosha, Kelly (George Zaleski) Heiselmann, and Lorrie (Jay) Robinson, all of Racine; five grandchildren, Abigail and Travis Lopour, Hailey Heiselmann, Tyler Robinson, Addison Zaleski; sister, Jackie Presta; brother, Warren (Ann) Lopour; mother-in-law, Delilah Taleck; sister-in-law, Nancy Dowler; brother-in-law, Melvin (Sandy Ericksen) Sipher; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Glenn was also preceded in death by his brother-in-laws, Louie Presta and Chuck Dowler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., on  Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Don Zerkel officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday, April 9, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his staff and to the nurses and aides on 2D at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints, for all of their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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