Dr. Richard Thomas Chopp, Sr.

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  • Name: Dr. Richard Thomas Chopp Sr.
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 28, 1925
  • Date of Death: November 1, 2008
  • Parents: William Chopp & Marie (Gerzin) Chopp
  • High School and Class: 1943 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, MN - Class of 1948
    University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN
  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: October 12, 1943
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: March 8, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Richard T. Chopp
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: June 28, 1925
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 28, 1943
    Employer: Cleveland Cliff Co., Taconite, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-11
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Wm. Chopp, Bovey, Minnesota

    WW II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Richard T. Chopp
    Birth Year: 1925
    Race: White
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    State of Residence: Minnesota
    County or City: Itasca
    Enlistment Date: September 21, 1943
    Enlistment State: Minnesota
    Enlistment City: Fort Snelling
    Branch: No branch assignment
    Branch Code: No branch assignment
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the
    President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Selectees (enlisted men)
    Source: Civil life
    Education: 4 years high school
    Civil Occupation: Managers and Officials, n.e.c.
    Marital status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 00
    Weight: 000

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    After graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Dr. Richard Chopp taught several years before entering private practice with his brother Dr. William Chopp in St. Paul, Minnesota. He then started his own practice in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, serving the community for over 50 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the VFW in Grand Rapids.

    Dr. Richard Chopp died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 58). He is survived by his wife of 30 years, LaDonna; three sons, Dr. Richard (Jane) Chopp, Jr., Edward Chopp, Dr. Thomas (Catharine) Chopp; one daughter, Janet (Robert) Coatsworth; two sisters, Maxine Hatfield and Genadaire (Frank) Pinaglia; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward and William Chopp, Jr., two sisters, Bernadine Chopp and Dorothy Norton; and one stepson, Michael Green.

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