unknown - July 10, 2012
Don Droppa, 87, of Ocala, Fla., went to his eternal home on July 10, 2012. He was the youngest of nine children, born to Czech immigrants that had settled on a farm overlooking Skaneateles Lake. His early education was in the local one room schoolhouse, graduated from Skaneateles High School, then went to St. Paul Bible Institute to study music, play trombone, and sing in their traveling Choral Club. In 1949 he married Leona Vile of Skaneateles. He and two of his brothers started the Droppa Brothers Construction Company and built many houses in the Skaneateles area. Never fond of working in the New York winters, he escaped to Florida for many winter months; remodeled a few homes, worked in a cabinet shop, operated a laundromat, and raised a few cows. In 1971 he moved to central Virginia, built a house to live in, and developed a small mobile home park. In the late 80’s he purchased an RV and spent many winter months volunteering for several Christian ministries including SOWER’S, JAARS and Wycliffe. In 1999 he retired to Ocala, Florida. Don has, at different times, served in his local church as deacon, choir director, song leader, and pianist.
He lived a full life, staying married to his one and only for 62 years, raised four boys, Larry, Dennis, Ted, Lorin, and one girl, Linda, has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be Aug. 18 in Charlottesville, VA. Memorial contributions: Grace Presbyterian Church Missions Fund in Ocala, Florida.