MERIDIAN, Texas -- Hank Van Poppel Jr., 74, of Meridian, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at his residence.
Born in Hamler, Ohio, on April 29, 1939, he was the son of Henry Van Poppel Sr. and Angeline Skipper Van Poppel. He was a graduate of Hamler High School in 1957 and was married to his high school sweetheart, Janet Prigge, on Feb. 1, 1967, in Riverside, Ill. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2005.
Hank completed his college requirements at Northwestern, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was an active member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Clifton. His life's passion was admiring the success of his sons, Scott and Todd, and spoiling his grandchildren. He loved life on earth with family and friends. Hank loved his ranch raising cattle and horses.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Bavaria by Father Stephen Stanberry. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Snyder Funeral Home in Holgate, Ohio.
Hank is survived by his son, Scott, and wife, Chris, and their children, Cole Henry and Kate Van Poppel, all of Rotan; and son, Todd and wife, Alecia, and their children, Halee, Tate and Riley Van Poppel, all of Bartonville, Texas; brothers, Jim of Napoleon, Ohio, and Bob of Vass, N.C.; sisters, Ann Miller of Maumee, Ohio, Mary Klear of Continental, Ohio, Dorothy Van Poppel of Charden, Ohio, Susan Latta of Napoleon, Ohio, and Evelyn Good of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kathy Sanniti of Chargin Falls, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of great friends.
The family respectfully encourages that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Scott & White Cancer Research Institute, 2401 S. 31st St., Temple, Texas, 76508; or Holy Angels Catholic Church, 1915 W. 5th St., Clifton, Texas, 76634. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas.