Dr. Edward J. Northrop

February 5, 2021

Dr. Edward J. Northrop, 71, of Mulberry, died February 5, 2021 at his home following a long-term illness.  He was born February 3, 1950 in Clinton County, Ind. to George & Lillian (Schimmel) Northrop.  He married Susan C. Schroeder in Evansville, Ind. on May 12, 1990 and she survives.

Dr.  Northrop was a 1968 graduate of Clinton Central High School, a 1972 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Animal Science and a 1975 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  He was owner/operator of Northrop Veterinary Clinic for 45 years.  He was an expert green bean grower, an avid woodworker, was a former Troop 336 Boy Scout Leader & Master; he was a sponsor of Greater Lafayette Soccer Teams and was involved in equine management & horse breeding.  For many years, he visited St. Matthews Preschool to explain veterinary medicine to attending youth and was a mentor of future veterinarians. Ed was an all-star husband, father and grandfather.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2021 and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, February 13th at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, c/o Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Survived by:

Wife: Susan C. Northrop of Mulberry, 2 Sons: Zach Northrop (Natalie Bailey Northrop) of Indianapolis, Larry Dale ‘Bucky’ Cory of Englewood, FL, Daughter: Helen Northrop Vasluianu (Madalin Mihail Vasluianu) of Mulberry, 2 Sisters: Kathryn Owen of Plainfield, Karen Clymer of West Lafayette, 3 Grandchildren, Cierra, Kyra, Breanna Cory and a 4th expected in September.


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58 Condolences for “Dr. Edward J. Northrop”

  1. Crisann February 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Lisa Sheets February 5, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Dr. Northrop cared for our family pets for many years. He was always kind and straight forward. Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.

  3. Mary Kay Baker February 5, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    We are so sorry to hear this. Dr. Northrop brought many smiles to the preschoolers at St. Matthew Preschool. The children loved learning all about being a vet and of course they loved being able to love on the different animals that he would share with us. Dr. Northrop was always so kind and gentle with sharing with the children. We will miss him!

    Rest in peace Dr. Northrop.

  4. Alexis N. Rex February 5, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Dr. Ed was a great guy, he will be missed, so sorry for your loss.

  5. Michelle & Frank Spear February 5, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Susie, I was so saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. So many memories of you two as neighbors. He was such a caring and fun person. He had interesting stories to tell.

  6. Teresa Russell February 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    So sorry to the Northrup family at this time. Ed sounds like a wonderful giving and loving man. He will b greatly missed. Take care of each other and hold fast to the wonderful memories of good times together.

  7. Toni Gunyon February 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, he was a good man and vet, my prayers are with you all.

  8. Vicki Oswalt February 5, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Zack and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that we’re thinking of you, I know he will be missed.

  9. Priscilla E Worth February 6, 2021 at 5:37 am

    God gain a true angel, Ed you will be so missed. You were truthfully the nicest person I had ever met. You took care of my cats for years, I enjoyed talking to you every time. You always came to the vet any time I needed you. So glad I gave you a hug last time I saw you. Many hugs and prayers to your family and my Robin. Love you always

  10. Linda Ostler February 6, 2021 at 7:28 am

    My condolences to the Northrop family.

  11. James Ferguson February 6, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Sending prayers to Susan and the family. Ed was a kind hearted man and vet that I used for years. EIL ED

  12. Debra Dieterle February 6, 2021 at 8:39 am

    So sorry to hear this, he was a kind man an a great vet you will be missed Doc.

  13. Linda Bowlin February 6, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Susan and Family,
    I am so sorry about your loss. He was a great guy and a wonderful vet. He was a friend to my late husband Steve and I, plus my furry “kids” Max, Jake, and Buster. We first went to him in 1991. God Bless you all.
    Linda Shilkett Bowlin

  14. Brenda (Click) Stevens February 6, 2021 at 9:20 am

    So saddened to learn of the passing of a fellow classmate. He was one of the “good guys”. My beloved husband, Terry and I, saw Ed years ago in Marsh Supermarket in Frankfort. They both reminisced about their high school years especially basketball games and FFA. Their laughter was certainly contagious. Perhaps they can reminisce, once again, in their new heavenly home. Prayers to the entire Northrup Family.

  15. Gloria Hite February 6, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Sorry for your loss. He will be missed, he was good to my little dog Molly. He had a special touch. A very nice person.

  16. Jane (Shoup)Sheets February 6, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Kathryn and family, I am very sorry for your loss.

  17. Rose Peter February 6, 2021 at 11:03 am

    So sorry to lose such a great Vet. I have missed him as I took my pets to him. He was the most reasonable in his prices and such a nice man. Prayers for all of his family and friends.

  18. Gretchen Watson February 6, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Susie, so sorry for your loss of Ed. I know you had a wonderful life together. I will be remembering you and the family in my prayers.

  19. Debbie Gunyon February 6, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    What a good friend and neighbor Ed was. Besides a darn good Vet! I’ll never forget the last time I took my Great Dane Dylan to his office. Of course I had to wait outside because Dylan did not like other dogs, AT ALL. Ed knew this, and called me in a little too early that day…he knew it. Now Dylan being 220lbs was a ferocious sounding animal when he wanted to be so…. Well, Dylan cleared out the waiting room in a flash, and I barely got the big old dog into the doctor’s room. Ed was sitting on the floor laughing so hard he couldn’t talk. After he got under control he apologized, and said he couldn’t resist watching Dylan clear out his waiting room one more time…..we both had a laugh, many times we laughed about a lot of different things. Ed, you were a good friend and a good doctor whenever I needed one. Good sailing upon the wind my friend…To your family, I am sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine.

  20. Carolyn Carlson February 6, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    So sorry for the loss of this great friend. He will always be in my heart. He fought a good fight and to his family, just know that he was loved by so many.

  21. Stewart C. Snodgrass February 6, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Doc was the closest I ever had as a Brother, so many good times, the laughs, cutting firewood, riding horses, hunting, the list goes on. Never was a finer friend, will always love and miss you Doc. You will always be in my heart and on my mind.

  22. Dan Robertson February 6, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    My heart goes out to Ed’s family as I remember a Clinton Central classmate who was a role model all — Respectful, considerate, good sense of humor, and the ability to make others feel at ease. His accomplishments certainly indicate he made a difference for all who were fortunate enough to know him! May your loving and happy memories help sooth the pain of loss and keep him in your hearts forever…

  23. Amber February 6, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of a great man! We are so thankful for the memories we have with him as our vet and helping our kids in the years past w 4H projects. You will be in our prayers.

  24. Jim Dippel February 7, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I’m so sorry that we have drifted away from each other. I miss the times we were together, you will be missed by so many . You were a good man with a great family to be proud of.

  25. Peg Brassie February 7, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Dear Susan and family,
    Doc Northrup took care of our little dog Baggins for 13 years. He was such a caring kind man, and we miss him! The community has lost a vet, but not just a vet, a dad and leader too. Our condolences to Zach and Helen from Laura and Marissa.

  26. Brian & Connie Wright February 7, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Dr. Northrop was a very compassionate, and caring person. We enjoyed taking our pets to him, and he would take the time to talk to us about anything on our minds.

  27. Geraldine McCall Kaufman February 7, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for all your kindness when we were at Purdue. You are a kind and strong man. May you go with God.
    Gerry McCall Kaufman

  28. Bill Davenport February 7, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    During the blizzard of ’77/’78, I was living at my parent’s home while doing my student teaching at Lafayette Jefferson HS when our dog of 13 years, Sammy, had to be put down. My father was in ICU at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis from a double bypass surgery and said “Bill, you’re the last kid home. Sam is suffering and it’s time he no longer suffers.” Dr. Northrop was called to put our beloved Sammy out of his pain. Because of the time of year and the frozen ground, we had no choice but to call him. We usually put our pets in our back yard. However, Dr. Northrop came and talked to my mom and me about what would happen. He put us at comfort. The only thing I still regret is not staying there with my mom when Dr. Northrop brought Sammy up from the basement. I had left because I didn’t want to see him leave with Sam. Yet, my mom did and I have still felt terrible about that. Dr. Northrop showed so much compassion to us. To that I say thank you.

  29. Linda Gibson February 8, 2021 at 10:14 am

    He will be well missed, he was a great vet, he took care of my animals when I lived in Frankfort. May God bless, prayers for the family.

  30. Carolyn (Lowry) Bragg February 8, 2021 at 10:55 am

    So sorry to hear about Ed. He and I were classmates but never stayed in contact after graduation. My prayers are with his family and friends. The memorial video is especially nice.

  31. Reta Wallace February 8, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Susan, Zach, Helen, Bucky, Kathryn and Karen – so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing, He was such a great- caring guy and loved by many. May he Rest In Peace, and be free of all pain and suffering! Sending prayers and hugs to all of you! From Reta and Denny Wallace

  32. Tina M. Gish February 8, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Sweet, kind, gentle, caring, loving, intelligent, angel are all words that I would use to describe my dear friend Dr. Northrop. The love that he shared with all of us and our pets will never be forgotten. We will forever miss your tender touch and beautiful smile. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

  33. LaDawna Roberts February 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a fine man.
    He took great care of several of my fur babies. It will be hard to find a replacement that is as compassionate. Prayer for all the family.

  34. Ben & Julia Clymer February 9, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Our hearts ache knowing uncle Ed is gone. He will be forever missed. He was always so much fun to be around and always thought of others. We are so deeply sorry for you loss. We love you all.

  35. Mike Boruta February 10, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Dear Susan and family – So sorry to read about the passing of our cousin Ed. Our 6 kids still recall with fondness a visit years ago with Ed’s grandmother Irene and a trip to your home and the rides on his horses. I always admired Ed for his care he gave to those horses that were challenged in life. Still have pictures of the occasion in an album Irene gave us later. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you All. Mike and Mary Boruta and family

  36. Stacey Kent February 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. If you need anything please let us know!

  37. Tina Bault February 10, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and lots of hugs for all of you.

  38. Angie and fam February 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    So very sorry Zach. I know from Natalie how much he meant to you. Much love from us during this time. You, Natalie and your family are held close in our hearts.

  39. Julia Osterloh February 10, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Praying for comfort and peace for family and friends. Ed was a really great guy and a great cousin! Our sincerest condolences, Steve and Julia Osterloh

  40. carl stewart February 10, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    This is 1st cousin Carl from WA state. He was always cousin Eddie to me. So many memories…family gatherings at Aunt Irenes, Grandma & Grandpa Stewart’s, & Frankfort park. Playing against Eddie in bball, Rossville vs Clinton Central tournament. I have been out here 40 years, so have missed so much. Reading part of his story only confirms how good of a man he was. He was taken far too soon. We are praying for the family!

  41. Elaine Ridenour February 10, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Dr. Northrup has been my trusted vet for years but my favorite time was after my daughter had taken her cat, Natasha to her fancy vet for about every test under the sun including an MRI to try to explain her problems. They couldn’t find anything. I said give me the 2 pages of tests and I will talk to Dr. Northrup. So after Ed looked at them he said they are very detailed and I don’t need to give her any more tests. I think that her problem may be her stomach, try this. food and see what it does. I followed his instruction and she lived with me for 3 more years. and died at about 16-17 years. So all pet lovers will miss you and your wonderful gift for solving our pets needs.
    Love and miss you, Doc. Elaine Ridenour

  42. Sandra Stewart Cox and John Cox February 11, 2021 at 11:09 am

    We’re so sorry for the loss of our dear cousin Ed, whom I knew as Eddie. I join my brother Carl in having happy memories of growing up around Eddie, and Thanksgivings together at Aunt Irene’s. In recent years, Eddie brought joy to our lives with his friendliness, warmth and humor. We’ll always remember the great times of his being a fun auctioneer at family reunions! Everyone’s online condolences are wonderful (and hello to so many of you I know!). Ed touched a lot of lives with his caring ways. He will be remembered always.

  43. Larry Rothenberger February 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Ed was one of the good guys besides being an outstanding vet. We still have of dog “gypsy” because of Ed. In addition, he was a great guy and a good friend. He will be missed.

  44. Mary Ann Bailey February 11, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers!

  45. Larry Unger February 11, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    I went to school with Ed for 6 years at Clinton Central, we played basketball, football and track together. Once we got our drivers licenses we would drive to school together and then drive home after practice. We only lived 3 miles apart and I could count on Ed if I ever need his help. He was the strongest and fastest kid in class. He was so focused on being a vet, I knew he would get it done, he was not afraid of hard work. We had a lot of great times and some good stories and I was shocked to hear this news. My thoughts are with the whole Northrup family.

  46. Matt & Denise Steger February 11, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Men like him should live forever!

  47. Tiffany Hsu February 11, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Helen, I’m so incredibly saddened to hear this news. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you and your family during this tough time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

  48. Susie Plunkitt February 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    What a smart, kind man. Many will miss him.

  49. Joe Bailey February 11, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    My thoughts are with all of you. What a great man this world has lost. I will truly miss Edward. Heaven has pets to keep Edward busy, until we meet again.

  50. Debbie Curts February 12, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Dr. Northrop was a very special person, I enjoyed our friendship immensely. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven has gained another angel.

  51. Bill & Lora Layton February 12, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Dr. Ed’s Family, so sorry for your loss. The county has lost a good vet also. We were sorry when his health caused him to not be able to handle large animals. We truly missed him.

  52. Rose Raskin February 12, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Ed will be remembered as a kind and generous man and veterinarian. He was my classmate at veterinary school and I recall his big grin and happy disposition throughout the two years I spent in our class of ’75. My sincerest condolences to his family. May his name be for a blessing!
    Rose Raskin, DVM PU ’76

  53. Kelly Stokes February 13, 2021 at 7:57 am

    To the family and friends of Dr. Ed Northrup. Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Danny and I and all of our fur babies will miss him as well. He had suffered long enough and we are thankful he is at peace now.
    What a great veterinarian and person.
    Danny and Kelly Stokes

  54. Annette Spencer February 13, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Susan, Zach, Helen and all, I’m so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you each and I so loved Ed. His kindness, thoughtfulness and humor made him very special. I will miss him.

  55. Mike & Renee Guffy February 14, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Ed was a classmate, roommate, and good friend gone too soon. We were classmates at Clinton Central and roommates at at Purdue for 3 years. Ed was a hard worker and determined to be a vet while studying at Purdue. He had a good sense of humor as he and I would often talk to each other with the voice of Donald Duck while roommates. Also, much card playing after supper with Steve Carter while at at Purdue. Renee and I send our condolences to the Northrop family.

  56. Kay Boyd, D.V.M. February 16, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Deepest sympathies for your loss as my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ed and I were classmates in the Purdue Veterinary School. He was kind and caring. I always enjoyed visiting with him at conferences. He will be missed.

  57. Lori February 26, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dr. Northrop’s passing. May he rest in peace. He was the best vet and only one I trusted my pets to. My family and I went to him for decades. I moved to Florida 5 years ago, so I just learned of his passing.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Lori Guyer Polston
    God bless.

  58. Sara March 24, 2021 at 9:30 am

    He was the best vet I ever had. He always did what he could for my fur babies He saved my fur babies life. She had a fever from the vaccination minute and he gave her medication for it and she got better. He was always friendly and understood my fur babies needs and knew what to do when they were in pain. He was my veterinarian for 4 years. RIP Dr. NORTHROP

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