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Richard Klopf

Richard H. Klopf Jr. of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on February 2nd, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife of 68 years, Nettie, and family. Dick was born in Dayton, OH on October 21, 1921 and graduated from the University of Dayton in 1942, after which he served in active duty as a Major in the Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific campaign. Following the war, he earned a Masters Degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1948 and was later an instructor of music at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, OH. In 1952 Dick and Nettie opened the Klopf Music Shop in Dayton, specializing in classical and jazz recordings, then expanded into home hi-fi and stereo systems. In the 1960s the record store was sold and Dick founded Klopf Audio Video Company, an early design/build provider of professional sound and video systems for business, theater, and computer based automated learning systems in both the USA and Middle East. After retiring to Naples in 1984, Dick was an avid tennis fan, read a great deal, and travelled extensively throughout Europe with Nettie and their friends. By the mid-nineties, all of Dick and Nettie's children and families had also made the move to Naples. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Nettie, and his children and grandchildren. His daughter, Gretchen Schumacher, son-in-law Daniel Schumacher, and their three children, Ingrid Kelley (husband Shane Kelley), Heidi Schumacher, and Kurt Schumacher; his son, Peter Klopf, daughterin-law Wendy, and grandchildren Marguerite (husband Nicholas Steege), and Parker; and his daughter-in-law Wanda Klopf, and her daughters Erica and Hannah Klopf. He has joined his sons, Chris and Eric Klopf, in heaven. Dick had a joyful, peaceful spirit and a zest for life that will live in our hearts forever. A special thank you to Dick's caregivers Cher and Marie for their love, patience, and support over the past year. There was a memorial service at St. John the Evangelist at 625 111th Avenue North, Naples, FL 34108 on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00 p.m.