Civil Air Patrol

Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 mourns the loss of one of their own

Photo by Capt. Jeri Gonwa, Wisconsin Wing - Captain Verdal "Tony" Woppert during the recent open house at Milw. Composite Squadron #5.

Civil Air Patrol’s Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 mourns the loss of Captain Verdal D. “Tony” Woppert who passed away on January 25, 2012 at the age of 81.   He served the squadron as an aerospace education counselor in the Cadet Program.

Woppert was also a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and often supplemented class material with history lessons.  Being extremely patriotic, he strongly desired to help develop our country’s youth.

Capt. Woppert joined CAP and Squadron 5 in June 1989 after his sons joined the Cadet Program.  He served as squadron safety officer, testing officer and supply Officer.  On his own, he undertook and administered a fund raising project for the unit.

Lieutenant Colonel Connie King, the unit commander at that time, identified him as “a prime example of parental interest in participating in the activities of his sons and (continued) volunteer interest in helping develop the future aerospace leaders of our nation.”

Woppert left Civil Air Patrol in 1999 and rejoined Squadron 5 in June 2009.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth (nee Egner).  He is further survived by his sons, Timothy and Andrew, and granddaughter, Natalie.

Capt. Woppert was a retiree of WEPCO and a member of American Legion Post No. 416 in Greendale, Wisconsin.

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