Herbert C. Topp, 72, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, after injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1939, in New Bremen, to Walter Carl and Angela Catherine (Berning) Topp, and they preceded him in death.
Dr. Topp is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen (Klopfenstein) Topp; his son, Douglas A. (Barbara) Topp of New Bremen; his daughter, DiAnn (William) McMillen of Plain City; his grandchildren, Madison Jane and Matthew William McMillen; his step-grandchildren, Stacy and Jonathan Walterbusch; his brothers, Marvin (Linda) Topp and Thomas Topp, both of New Bremen; his sisters, Martha (Paul) Ewing of Williamsport and Doris (Jerry) Carr of Kansas City, Mo.; his sister-in-law, Mary Lou Topp of Botkins; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Topp.
He was a 1958 graduate of New Bremen High School. On June 17, 1964, he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, and that evening he opened the Mechanicsburg Veterinary Clinic, which he owned and operated for more than 47 years. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He was inducted to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Honor Roll in 2010.
Dr. Topp was a dedicated community minded person. He volunteered and served on many boards in Champaign County, including the Champaign County Agriculture Society, for more than 30 years and most recently was the Champaign County Fair’s veterinarian, the Ohio Fair’s Managers, the Farm Bureau of Champaign County, the Goshen Township Trustee and was past president of the Champaign County Township Association, the Maple Grove Cemetery Board and he served on the Mechanicsburg Board of Education for 16 years.
Dr. Topp was a member of the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church serving on several committees, a member of the Mechanicsburg Lodge 113 F. & A. M., Mechanicsburg Lions Club and the Mechanicsburg Eagles 3974.
He enjoyed farming, listening to country music, singing in the church choir, playing music in the family dance band and calling square dances. Dr. Topp thoroughly enjoyed any community event, high school, college and professional sports, especially OSU football and Cincinnati Reds baseball.
A celebration of life gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church. Burial be in the Maple Grove Cemetery Mechanicsburg.
Memorial contributions may be given in leu of flowers to the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, 42 N. Main St., Mechanicsburg.
Services are entrusted to the Skillman, McDonald and Vernon Funeral Home in Mechanicsburg.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at Vernonfh.com.