Topham, Percy, Saginaw, Michigan


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7. Percy passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 at his home with his family at his side. He was 80 years old. Percy Topham was born on February 29, 1932 in Saginaw to the late Percy Sr. and Frieda (Schultz) Topham. He married Abbey Paquette on June 9, 1956 in Saginaw. She survives him. Percy graduated from St. Mary’s High School and was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. He was owner and partner of the Yellow and Checker Cab Company until his retirement. He was close to his family and loved spending time with them. He especially treasured their family vacations and enjoyed fishing with his sons. Percy also was lucky in that he had many longtime friends. Left to cherish his memory besides Abbey, his wife of 56 years, are two sons and a daughter: Mike (Mary) Topham of Ann Arbor, Karen (Bryan) Whitmyer of Tega Cay, S.C., Pat (Beth) Topham of Normal, IL; six grandchildren: Emily and Kate Topham; Erin and Nick Whitmyer, Henry and Spencer Topham. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Jean Bachteal, Nancy Jarabek, and his twin, Phyllis Floeter. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1310 Malzahn. Rev Fr. James G. Heller will officiate. A Private Rite of Committal will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State), on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Eastside Soup Kitchen. Please share your thoughts and memories at the church, funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.