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Henry A. Lopian, Trico retiree, WWII Army veteran
Sept. 28, 1920 -- Feb. 15, 2009

Henry A. Lopian of Williamsville, a World War II veteran and retired worker at Trico Products Corp., died Sunday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. He was 88.

Mr. Lopian was born in Buffalo to Polish immigrant parents who had fled the Russian army and settled in the United States.

As he child, he recovered from scarlet fever. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and graduated from Technical High School. Mr. Lopian enlisted in the New York State Guard at Masten Avenue Armory. His unit was later federalized and became the Army's 106th Field Artillery.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was stationed in California and Hawaii. He spent time in the Pacific and later attended officer candidate school, before being deployed to Europe as part of the 273rd Field Artillery.

Mr. Lopian participated in campaigns in the European Theater, mostly in southern Germany and across central Europe. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. After the war, he joined the Reserve and eventually achieved the rank of colonel. In 1997, he was inducted into the Field Artillery Officers School Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Okla.

Mr. Lopian worked for Trico as a designer of windshield wipers for 43 years before he retired in 1982.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Mary Mitchell; two sons, Michael and Larry; two stepsons, Kevin Mitchell and Peter Mitchell; two stepdaughters, Susan Harrington and Ann Kuntz; and a sister, Annette Osinski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Main St., Williamsville.

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