Edward Joseph Moppert, Jr.

November 9, 1921 - October 8, 2017
Edward Joseph Moppert, Jr.

Edward Joseph Moppert, Jr. age 95 , of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Bradley Creek at Carolina Bay.

He was born in Camden, New Jersey on November 9, 1921, the son of Edward Joseph Moppert, Sr. and Florence Francisco Moppert.

Edward grew up in Plainfield, NJ and graduated from Tilton Prep. He attended Duke University where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a cheerleader before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. While serving his country in World War II, Ed was a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator. He was shot down, captured and as a POW, taken to Stalag Luft I, then was liberated in May 1945. He returned to Duke University for law school and met his wife of 52 years, Lorene Diane Fletcher. Ed and Diane returned to Fort Wayne, where he and John Hoffman, also a Duke grad, practiced law together for nearly 40 years. Ed was a loyal Rotarian, a member of DOCA, served on several local charity boards, Elder of First Presbyterian Church and very active with his children. Ed and Diane retired to Fairfield Glade, TN where he enjoyed playing golf and painting. Diane passed in December 2000.

Surviving are his children, Phil (Gay) Moppert; Fletcher (Kimberly) Moppert and Lori (Phil) Keipper. Grandchildren, Kristin (Kevin) Cole; Betsy Moppert; Edward Joseph Moppert III; S. Fletcher (Megan) Moppert, Jr.; Jennie (Jason) Crandal; Adaline (Marcus) McMillen; Matthew Keipper; David (Paige) Keipper and 10 great grandchildren. A memorial contribution may be made to Carve 4 Cancer.

There will be a private family memorial service in Fairfield Glade, TN.

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  • October 11, 2017
    Doug Keipper says:
    My fondest memories of Ed are playing tennis with him when I was a teenager. He would run me from side to side and just smile without ever breaking a sweat. He was always kind and courteous to me and my family. Glad I got to meet a real American Hero. All honor to his name. Doug Keipper

  • October 11, 2017
    Steve Keipper says:
    What a great man to be around at all times. He made you feel important. He genuinely cared about people. Lori, after all the time and caring you had put forth over the last 20 years for your Father, It was very fitting that you , Lori, were with him during his last moments. He is smiling down upon you all.

  • October 11, 2017
    Cathy Bassett says:
    Uncle Ed was such a special, caring man hence reason our family called him Uncle Ed and Aunt Diane. Memories go back way to childhood and fun family get togethers. He always lived life to the fullest and was surrounded by loving family and friends. I know he will be enjoying a cigar and a fine drink once again along with many laughs with Mom and Dad.

  • October 12, 2017
    Susan Ball Joseph says:
    Ed was a wonderful man, husband, and father. He was everyone's second dad in high school. I respected him (and Diane) so greatly that it took me yen years after they asked me to call them by their first to do so. Rest well, Mr. Mopped. You are greatly loved.

  • April 09, 2021
    lily guthrey says:
    he was always nice but i didn't get to see him much but i know that he is looking down on me and my family and he would be so proud of me today and i will always remember him and he will never be forgotten.