Fredrick William Vopper

January 11, 1931 - June 27, 2023
Fredrick William Vopper

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Fredrick William Vopper, 92 of Lebanon, PA. Passed away on June 27, 2023. He was born on January 11, 1931. Fredrick, known to his friends and family as Fred, was an outgoing and personable man who loved his family, friends, and his dog Buttercup. He proudly served in the Navy for four years on active duty and an additional four years in the reserve.  

Fred had a successful career as a radio talk show host, known by his on-air name Fred Williams. He worked at numerous radio stations in Williamsport, Wilkes Barre, and Lebanon, PA. In 1970, Fred received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award for his meritorious service to broadcasting. He was honored with a personal letter from the White House, signed by President Richard Nixon, acknowledging his accomplishment. In 1979, Fred was presented with Diocesan Communicator of the Year Award while working at WAHT Radio in Lebanon, PA. Despite facing an eight-year United States Supreme Court judgement against him in 2001 while working at WAHT Radio Station, Fred continued to excel in his career. In 1983, he produced a documentary called “Under the Influence, License to Kill” while working at WVLV Radio and received personal congratulations from President Ronald Regan.  

Fredrick Vopper was a man of faith and was a member of the Catholic Church. He received his religious needs from Father Paul Schneck, a close personal friend and chaplain at the VA. In Lebanon, PA. Father Paul went above and beyond to ensure Fred had communion when he was unable to leave his home. He even assisted in preparing Fred to move to his daughter Jeannine’s home in Florida.  

In his free time, Fred enjoyed watching all kinds of sports, playing poker on his computer, watching game shows, and playing the lottery. He cherished the moments spent with his family and held them close to his heart. Fredrick William Vopper is survived by his daughter Jeannine Pleva, granddaughter Kelly (Pleva) Scott and her husband Brandon Scott, and great-grandson Emmett Scott. He is also survived by his daughter Joline Shuey, grandsons Brandon and Dustin Shuey, and granddaughter Brandi Shuey. Fred was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Vopper, his brother Robert Vopper, his father Herman Vopper, and his mother Violet (Kolek) Vopper.  

A private interment is planned at Indian Town Gap Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of your choice in Fredrick William Vopper’s memory. 

Fredrick William Vopper will be remembered for his outgoing nature, his love for his family and finds, and his dedication to his country and career. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. 

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  • July 10, 2023
    Wayne Hinkin says:
    Very sorry to learn of his passing. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to his family and friends. On behalf of the countless listeners to his powerful radio shows - thank you, God bless and rest in peace