PLATTSBURGH — William C. "Bill" Soper, 82, of Durand Road, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at the CVPH Medical Center.
He was born in Peru on July 2, 1924, the son of Briggs and Etta (Shields) Soper.
Mr. Soper graduated from Plattsburgh High School in 1943.
On Oct. 8, 1944, he was married to his classmate, Betty Morse, in Plattsburgh by the Rev. Frederick J. Ball.
Bill worked 16 years for National Biscuit Company until the company moved to Albany. He then worked at SUNY until retiring in 1986 as head of the Household Department.
He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Plattsburgh.
Bill was involved with the Republican Party in the Town of Beekmantown for over 60 years. He served as councilman, town justice, town chairman and vice chairman. He was also active with the County Republican Committee and had been Sergeant at Arms. Bill belonged to the AuSable River Lodge 149 F&AM from 1949 to present.
He loved to hunt and fish and was one of the founders of Club Robinwood in 1957 at Loon Lake, Franklin County, N.Y. Bill belonged to the Rod and Gun Club of Plattsburgh, coached for Little League Baseball and was an avid Yankee fan. He also belonged to the Beekmantown Busy B's, Clinton County Senior Citizens, the Good Fellowship Club of Mooers and the West Plattsburgh Union Cemetery Association.
Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, Allyn and Sheila Soper of Westlake, Ohio, and Darby and Beth Soper of Beekmantown; four grandchildren, Todd and his wife Tina Soper of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Tamara Soper and her fiancÃ© Joseph Figula of Elyria, Ohio, Rustin Soper and Daniel Soper, both of Beekmantown; one stepgrandson TJ Coon of Beekmantown; three great-grandchildren, Richard William Soper, Victoria Katherine Soper and Alexander Maxwell Soper, all of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Earl Soper.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 21, 2006 at the Turnpike Weslyan Church in Plattsburgh. The Rev. Ralph Chapman, pastor, conducted the service.
Thelma and Wendell Cook provided piano and organ renditions.
Words of remembrance were spoken by Allyn Soper, Tamara Soper, Andre Lawliss and Thomas Sears.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family in West Plattsburgh Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Beekmantown Fire Department.
The R.W. Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.