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Edward Francis Hooper Jr.

(Feb. 21, 1937 - July 23, 2013)

Edward Francis Hooper Jr. died July 23, 2013, at home in Powell. He was 76.

Edward was born in Chicago on Feb. 21, 1937. He was one of nine children born to Edward Francis Hooper Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Chaplinski.

He loved to travel and lived his life in many places throughout the years. He had the pleasure of calling California, Wisconsin, Illinois and finally Wyoming all home.

Edward joined the Army and served for six years, including fighting in the Korean War.

On May 5, 1998, Ed married Katherine (Whitcomb) Nunnery in Casper. Shortly after, Ed and Kathy moved to Powell, where they continued to live and enjoy their lives. He attended two churches, St. Barbara’s Catholic Church and Glad Tidings Church. Ed was a godly man. He was a devoted Christian and also dedicated to the Catholic church. He was well-known and accepted in both affiliations.

Ed was a very loving man and in return, he was loved greatly. He was an outstanding father and grandfather. Ed was a Jack of all trades. He could fix or build anything. Ed was very intelligent, and spent his life doing what he loved to do.

Ed built and raced cars professionally, and drove truck even after retirement because he loved the open road. Ed was an avid hunter and an excellent marksman, who proudly and recently joined the NRA. He loved to fish and be in the outdoors.

More than anything, Ed loved being with his family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand or give tools or knowledge to anyone in need. Ed was a role model who defined what a man, father, husband and person should strive to be.

Ed was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Chaplinski; father Edward F. Hooper Sr.; daughter Christina Hooper; sisters Mary Andrews, Margaret Zolcoych, Virginia Abel and Kathleen Miner; and Katherine’s son Steve Oliver.

Ed is survived by his wife Katherine Hooper; sons, Michael (Lacee) Hooper and Edward (Wendy) Hooper; three daughters, Michelle (Mark) Scheler, Sheryl (Dan) Folena and Lynn (Harold) White; one brother and three sisters, Jim Hooper, Pat Schoessow, Barbara Dupree and Edna Tammen; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church on the corner of Gilbert and Seventh streets. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Hooper, Toby Hooper, Talan Hooper, Jarred Oliver, Nick Oliver and Brandon Scheler.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be posted online at www.thompsonfuneral.net or sent to P.O. Box 807 Powell, WY, 82435.

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