U.S. Air Force Veteran Neil C. Topper to be honored with flag at Richland County Courthouse


MANSFIELD — A flag will be raised Aug. 30, at 6 p.m., in front of the Richland County Courthouse to honor deceased Richland County U.S. Air Force Veteran Neil C. Topper.

Bruce Phipps, Commander of the Richland County Joint Veterans Counsel announced an American flag will be raised on Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 i.

Topper was a veteran of the Korean War, serving four years with the U.S. Air Force and achieving the rank of sergeant. He was stationed in Alaska and served as a radio mechanic. he received the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Born Jan. 31, 1932 in Ashland to Guy and Evelyn (Kane) Neil graduated from Madison High School in 1949. He was the second owner of Topper’s House of Steak in Mansfield after purchasing the restaurant from his father.

Neil was a member of Richland County Voiture 20, 40 et 8, American Legion Post 16, AMVETS Post 26, the Elks Lodge 56 and the Masonic Temple. He died Dec. 1, 2017 and is buried the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Neil leaves his wife Marilyn, daughter’s Linda, & Susan and their families.

The honored veteran’s flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building after which Topper’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing those veteran’s honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.

The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program. To seek this special honor for a deceased family veteran, contact Bruce Phipps at 419-524-5844.

Staff report