Milton Earl Poppa Sr., 88, of White City, died Mar. 16, 2011.
He was born in Langston, Mo., on Oct. 15, 1922. On Apr. 27, 1945, he married Lola Belle Davis. She preceded him in death in 1992. On Apr. 16, 1994, he married Louise A. Martin.
Mr. Poppa served in the U.S. Army during WWII, from 1942-1945. He was discharged in 1945 due to injuries he received in battle. He received many medals for bravery, including the purple heart.
He worked for 50 years as an automotive mechanic in the Rogue Valley. He enjoyed traveling and outdoor activities but was most passionate about stock car racing and was well known throughout the racing community. He was always ready to lend an ear or a tool and will be forever remembered for his generosity.
In addition to his wife, Louise, he is survived by six children; Milton Jr., Janice Hills, Jimma Calame, Ricky Poppa, Joyce Hendry and Jerry Poppa; a brother, Merle Poppa, of Maryville, Mo.; 11 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren, as well as Louise’s children; Sharon Turcotte, Gerald Turcotte and Kathy Boykin. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lola Belle Davis, daughter, Judy Riles and by brothers, Harold and Alvin Poppa.
Arrangements by Conger-Morris Central Point.