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Our Dad performing
September in the Rain and Shining Star.
Our Dad and sister performing Quando Quando Quando.
Composed by Maureen
Rudy Emile Hooper
peacefully left our world on Friday, Dec. 19,
2008, at 8:52 p.m., to join his parents and sisters already with the
Lord. Our father's heart just couldn't struggle anymore to keep
alive. Fortunately, he did not have to leave this world all alone. As
soon as we were notified that his heart was failing, five of his
children and nine of his 11 grandchildren came to his bedside (two
other sisters are out of the area/state), along with his brother,
Charlie Hooper and sister-in-law Mary Ann, who sponsored us to the
United States in 1962, from The Netherlands (Holland). This brought us
nearly halfway around the world from where our father and the first two
of his children were born, the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, where he
worked for Shell Oil Co. as a radio operator. In Holland he was a
member of the Royal Dutch Air Force and served as a radio operator for
eight years. Our father chose to move his family of now six children,
the youngest being 6 months, to America to give his children a lifetime
of choices and opportunities. He was one of the most patriotic
Americans you could ever meet.
We joined our uncle and
Pittsburgh, Pa., for a short time, and this is where our youngest
brother was born. The weather proved too cold, and two months later,
both families decided to make the cross-country drive to California. He
worked in various jobs in California, including the mines of Kaiser
Steel and insurance sales, but he made his best friends while working
at ITT Gilfillan, from which he retired in 1987. During all this time,
our father's life included music. While living in Indonesia he was a
band leader and had a weekly radio show. He loved arranging instruments
and voices, so he started a girls' group to accompany them. Once he had
his five daughters, he figured it was time to re-create the girls
group, so he taught us how to harmonize on some beautiful songs.
Through it all, he played guitar beautifully, both as a soloist and as
an accompaniment to singers.
While he was able, he loved
the Simi Senior Center to visit with friends and enjoy their parties
and lunches. He especially enjoyed their luaus, as the memory of the
tropical islands and Hawaiian music have always remained close to his
While we were at his
bedside, we talked to him, prayed
with him, and thanked him for the wonderful life he gave us and all the
ways he showed us his love. We thanked him for the great work ethic,
the respect for others, the good life "habits," and the love of music
he instilled in us. We will always think of him when we have our Hooper
jam sessions as well as when we make the life decisions that will
subconsciously consider, "What would Dad suggest?"
our Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his savior in June of this year, so we
find great comfort in knowing that we will once again be united in
Heaven. As my Dad was struggling with his breathing, we told him how
wonderful that reunion would be plus that he would soon be reunited
with his parents and siblings AND that he would be healthy and strong
once more, able to walk without falling and dance again like Fred
Astaire. (He and his dance partner took third place at the Ventura
County Fair Senior Day dance contest in 1999.)
Our Dad loved life
to its fullest. He was always looking for new things to learn, which,
in turn, made him interesting to talk to. He especially loved coming to
Oxnard and experiencing the wonderful ways our city celebrates "life"
with its residents and visitors through our downtown festivals,
concerts at Heritage Square, and other concerts and events at the
Performing Arts Center. He was so impressed with how we celebrated the
different cultures within our community. He loved going to his
grandchildren's school events and performances, and he loved their
friends and instructors, and they in turn, loved him. His hands-down
favorite was Oxnard's Salsa Festival and its great music, dancing, and
food. This year's Salsa Festival was the first one he missed since
2001, and, boy, did he regret not having the strength to be there. He
loved photographing all these activities and e-mailing the photos to
our relatives in Holland and on the East Coast so that they could see
what a great life we have here in the United States (thanks again, Dad,
and Uncle Charlie/Aunt MaryAnn).
He was preceded in death by
father, Maximillian Gerhardus Hooper and mother, Elizabeth "Titi"
Ketelaar; and sisters, Zus, Ellen and Ilse, all of the Netherlands.
is survived by brothers, Charles and Franz Hooper; daughters, Rita
Eileen Plaster (husband, Eldon), Maureen Hooper, Joyce Ellen Warwick
(husband, Chet), Karin Schoonover (husband, Jim), Frances Ann Gough
(husband, Mike); sons, Roy Clifford Hooper and Jerry Alexander Hooper
(wife, Kim); grandchildren, Tim and Joe Plaster, Amy Plaster Schultz,
Justin and Jasmine Miller, Kiersa Warwick, Angelica and Ixchel Lopez,
Corey Gough, Juliane and Drew Hooper; great-grandchildren, Tyson, Owen
and Seth Plaster; and former wife, Elizabeth Hooper.
like to thank everyone who touched my Father's life and helped make it
the good life that he loved. We will all miss him dearly.
Celebration of Rudy's life led by his son Jerry was held Jerry at 11
a.m. Saturday, Dec.
27, 2008, at Cornerstone Community Church, 2080 Winifred Ave., Simi