John was born the son of the late Hilda (Ketchum) and Joseph Topa on July 4, 1934, in Rutland, VT. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1952.
On October 10, 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Korean war as a Supply Technician. John was stationed in England and Manhattan Air Force Base in New York. John was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1956, at the rank of Airman 2/C.
He exchanged vows with Marlene P. Minns on August 27, 1955, in Ipswich, England. They have been married for 66 years.
John was a thirty-four-year employee at Timken Co. in Keene. He worked as a Manager of Inventory until his retirement in 2004. He was also a sales associate at Khols in Keene from 2013 – 2017.
He enjoyed refinishing furniture, especially canning chairs. Time was spent working in his flower gardens. He enjoyed being out with nature while fishing the region, reading and being with his family.
Mr. Topa is survived by his wife, Marlene P. Topa of Keene. His children and their spouses; Stephen Topa of Pensacola, FL. Cindy Nutting and her husband, James of Keene, Michael Topa of Keene, Stephanie Franco and her husband, Norman of Charlestown, Jennifer Masterson, and her husband, Darryl of Keene. In addition, he is survived by; seven grandchildren; Zachary Nutting and his wife Lindsey, Scott Topa, Ian Topa, and his significant other Shannon Summers, Kelsey Topa-Papa, and her husband Gino Papa, Jasmine Howard, Lila Masterson, Violet Masterson, and one great-grandchild Caroline Howard. John is pre-deceased by his siblings.
In keeping with John’s wishes, there are no calling hours or religious services. Donations in John’s memory can be made to Trout Unlimited and the Keene Public Library. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com