Mr. Florian Fairchild Ceperley

Died: Mar 02, 2020
300 Baker Lane

Mr. Florian Fairchild Ceperley

Died: Mar 02, 2020
300 Baker Lane


FLORIAN FAIRCHILD CEPERLEY, 102, (Cep) and a resident of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away in Charleston on March 2, 2020.  He was born April 30, 1917 in Oneonta, New York, the eldest son of Clarence V. and Nathalie Brown Ceperley.  In 1938 he graduated from Cornell University  with a degree in mechanical engineering and moved to Charleston to work at the Dupont Co. in Belle, WV, helping to build a factory to manufacture nylon.  He was married on Feb. 14, 1942 at First Presbyterian Church to Ellen Axson Rodes. He served in the Army during WWII  as a Captain in the Signal Corps. After the war he returned to Dupont where he worked until his retirement in 1981.

Cep and Axson had a lifelong interest in researching their ancestors; both of them descended from pioneer families.  He wrote a well-organized and literate account of their family origins.  They loved to travel around the US and Europe in the time before the internet researching their ancestors in local libraries and visiting family relatives and friends.  They also loved puttering around home and garden.

Cep was preceded in death by his wife Axson, his son-in-law Tom Hopper, his daughter-in-law Perine Davis Ceperley and his grand-daughter Ellen.

He is survived by his children: Andrew Ceperley (Becky Cook), Martha Hopper (Chuck Wirts) and Laura Ceperley (Charleston, WV); David Ceperley (Champaign, IL); and Peter (Molly) Ceperley (Santa Rosa, CA); his  grandchildren: Drew Ceperley (NE), Leah Ceperley (OH), Dan Ceperley (CA), Jessica Hopper (CA), Rebecca Hopper Seay (NC), Kenneth Hopper (WV), Natalie Ceperley (Switzerland), Martin Ceperley (NJ), Elizabeth Ceperley (OH), and great grandchildren: Alex, Jay, Patrick, Isaac, Michael, Liam, Henry, Brendan, Nora, Ursin, and Ethan. Cep had a lifelong devotion to his wife and to their extended family; he delighted in the adventures and accomplishments of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He never missed sending a birthday, anniversary or holiday card to them.

The visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the First Presbyterian Church-Charleston followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Dr. N. Kahaian and Rev. Glenn Coleman .

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you to send donations in memory of Florian to: First Presbyterian Church (16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston WV 25301) or to The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (Ceperley, Cook, Hopper Fund) 900 Lee St. E., Charleston WV 25301. The family would like to thank his caregivers, hospice, friends and the staff at Edgewood Summit and the Hodges Center for their loving care and help during his final years.

Condolences may be sent to:

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Calling Hours

  • Venue: First Presbyterian Church
    Location: 16 Leon Sullivan Way Charleston,WV , WV 25301

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4 responses to

  1. Carol Davis says:

    Sending love to all the Ceperleys as you celebrate the long and distinguished life of your extraordinary father and grandfather and mourn his passing. He was a kind and gentle man who I feel fortunate to have known and to have called family. I know you will miss him. I’ll think of him up there on that lovely hillside next to Axson, Peri, and Tom, but I will also think of him holding many many great grandsons in his lap! Love to you all, Carol

    1. Thank you Carol. Your Mom and my Dad are the last of their generation for our families. And what a generation they were. So many gifts. They are missed. Laura

  2. Thinking of all the Ceperleys that will be gathering to honor their worthy patriarch. He was a gentle, humble man who loved his dear wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with true devotion. He was one of “the greatest generation”. His Lord Jesus Christ was glorified by his faithfulness, and great is His Faithfulness! Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Thank you Nancy. He will be missed, along with Mom and his brother and others that have left us. You would have been proud to see our family last weekend— quite a well organized mob coming from Mom and Dad.

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