Lewis W. Klopfer, 88, a retired principal engineer in the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department, died July 2 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Klopfer was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Technical High School. He began his government career in 1913 as a draftsman in the Bureau of Construction and Repair, a forerunner of the Bureau of Ships. In 1931, he earned a degree in engineering from George Washington University.

In the 1930s, Mr. Klopfer was a specification writer in the Bureau of Ships. He then headed the specification coordination unit and held that post until he retired in 1955. He received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a letter of commendation from the secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Klopfer was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

His first wife, the former Mabel Morgan, died in 1950. His second wife, the former Elsie M. Utrecht, died in 1963.

Survivors include his wife, the former Louise Tillman Gammill, of Washington, and two stepdaugthers, Mrs. Cleveland Harrison of Auburn, Ala., and Kathleen Gammill of Houston, Tex. Lewis W. Klopfer, Bureau of Ships Engineer

Lewis W. Klopfer, 88, a retired principal engineer in the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department, died July 2 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Klopfer was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Technical High School. He began his government career in 1913 as a draftsman in the Bureau of Construction and Repair, a forerunner of the Bureau of Ships. In 1931, he earned a degree in engineering from George Washington University.

In the 1930s, Mr. Klopfer was a specification writer in the Bureau of Ships. He then headed the specification coordination unit and held that post until he retired in 1955. He received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a letter of commendation from the secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Klopfer was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

His first wife, the former Mabel Morgan, died in 1950. His second wife, the former Elsie M. Utrecht, died in 1963.

Survivors include his wife, the former Louise Tillman Gammill, of Washington, and two stepdaugthers, Mrs. Cleveland Harrison of Auburn, Ala., and Kathleen Gammill of Houston, Tex.