Harold Walter Hopper, 88, Logansport, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Coventry Meadows, Fort Wayne.
Born August 6, 1929, in Logansport, he was the son of the late George and Florence Hopper.
Harold attended Logansport High School but, in 1946, at age 17, he convinced his mother to sign papers for his enlistment in the U.S. Army, leaving high school in the early part of 10th grade.
After completing basic training, he traveled to Seattle to board a Liberty Ship for Yokohama, Japan. Following a rough Pacific voyage, he spent a week in a Tent City where he joined the 11th Airborne Division. He was sent to Honshu, Japan where he endured extremely cold winter conditions. Harold then advanced to parachute jump school traveling to Hokkaido as a member of the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment, Company A, 2nd Platoon. After several weeks of exhausting training, Harold won his wings making five parachute jumps from a C-46 airplane
After 18 months in the Army, he returned home to work at Standard Auto Parts and the Spring Company on Burlington Avenue. In the fall of 1948, Harold decided to return to high school. He was given credits for the time spent in the Army.
Having applied for a draftsman job, RBM called and asked, "Have you finished high school?" Principal Harold Mertz told him about a new program called GED that would issue a diploma after successfully passing the exams. After two days of testing in Indianapolis, Harold became the first person in Logansport to receive a GED.
Harold got the design engineer job at RBM where he met Marcella Duff. It was love at first sight. Their first date was Dec. 26, 1948, and two months later, they were married on Feb. 26.
The newlyweds first lived in an apartment that left much to be desired. Harold promised his wife he would build her a beautiful home someday. In 1950, Harold found a lot and set out to build their home, doing all of the construction himself.
After building their home, he assembled a work crew and built 10 more houses before leaving RBM in 1961. Hopper Construction was founded on Harold's strong work ethic and integrity. Since those humble beginnings, Hopper Construction has built 502 houses in Logansport. The houses are mostly in Indian Hills, Virginia Heights, Yorktown Road, Willow Woods, The Landing, Windsor Forest and Waters Edge.
Surviving with his wife of nearly 69 years, Marcella Hopper, are three children: Donna (Mark) Jones, Syracuse, Sharon (Clyde) Killian, Dubuque, Iowa and Dan Hopper, Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren: Alison (Joe) Bash, Zionsville, Adrienne (Chris) Rupright, Fort Wayne, Elaine (Mark) Moses-Christen, Fort Wayne,
Hannah (Tarique Williams) Jones, Cape Coral, Florida, Sarah (Davey Gilles) Jones, Omaha, Nebraska, Michael (Emily) Killian, Oregon, Wisconsin, Alanna (Tom) Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, Paul (Alicia) Killian, Greenwood, Nathan Hopper, Indianapolis, Nick Hopper and Noah Hopper, both of Fishers; 20 great-grandchildren: Mara, Becka & Greta Bash, Ella, Sampson & Vivienne Rupright, Evangeline and Alden Moses, Oscar Christen, Donna Jones Williams, Oliver Jones Williams, Michael Wes O'Connor, Elijah, Ethan, William, Owen, Eleanor & Anna Callahan, Kairi Jackson and Thomas Killian; one sister, Wanda (Bob) Simpson, New Tazewell, Tennessee; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Harry and Robert Hopper and sisters, Faye Owens, Delores Hoover and Ruth Bowyer-Lohrman.
Masonic services will be held at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 in Fisher Funeral Chapel followed by a funeral service celebrating Harold's life.
Burial, with full military honors, will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 1-2:45 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, Alzheimer's Association and Cass County's Humane Society.
You may share memories and view Harold's video on his tribute page at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com
Published on January 9, 2018