Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Robert Calvin (Cal) Hop­per was born De­cem­ber 1, 1924 in Fells­burg, Kansas and passed away No­vem­ber 1, 2018 in Kennewick, Wash­ing­ton. Born Robert Calvin Gor­don to Robert Stan­ley Gor­don and Le­ora Fern Kint­ner, he grad­u­ated from South Kit­sap High School in 1943. Cal was part of the Great­est Gen­er­a­tion, the gen­er­a­tion that lived through the Great De­pres­sion and WW2, where he served as a pi­lot in the Army Air Corps, hav­ing the time of his life fly­ing air­planes on Un­cle Sam’s dime.

Cal met Ruby L. Walker when dis­charged from the Army and soon mar­ried her on Jan­uary 31, 1945 in He­lena, Mon­tana. They were mar­ried for 67 years un­til Ruby’s pass­ing in 2012.

Af­ter man­ag­ing med­i­cal clin­ics in Sun Val­ley, Idaho, Fort Bragg, Cal­i­for­nia, and Kirk­land, WA, the fam­ily set­tled in Shel­ton, WA where sons Kirby and Kevin were raised. Cal and Ruby then left there to travel through­out North Amer­ica for many years be­fore set­tling again at the North Ranch near Con­gress, Ari­zona.

While in Shel­ton Cal was the Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the old Shel­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and over­saw the cam­paign to form a hos­pi­tal dis­trict and pass a bond is­sue for the new Ma­son Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal of which he over­saw the con­struc­tion and then was the Ad­min­is­tra­tor. He re­tired as a Health Fa­cil­ity Plan­ning An­a­lyst for DSHS in Olympia.

Cal and Ruby loved their coun­try and were in­volved in pol­i­tics as part of the Rea­gan Rev­o­lu­tion. Cal was also a real es­tate agent and built homes.

While liv­ing in Shel­ton Cal and his fam­ily en­joyed to the fullest what the Pa­cific North­west had to of­fer by camp­ing, sail­boat rac­ing, an­tique bot­tle dig­ging, and trips into the moun­tains to go berry pick­ing or to beaches to go clam dig­ging. The fam­ily also en­joyed stay­ing in their rail­road ca­boose at their water­front lot near Grape­view.

Cal was one of the most ami­able peo­ple you could ever meet. We will all miss him dearly and his fun wit and charm and in­ter­est­ing life sto­ries.

Cal is sur­vived by son Kirby Hop­per and his wife Karolyn of Kennewick and grand­chil­dren Austin, Ian, Tru­man, and Reuben Hop­per, Kai­lyn (Ryan) Neil, and son Kevin Hop­per of Forks, WA.

Cal will be buried at Ta­homa Na­tional Ceme­tery near Kent, WA on No­vem­ber 21 at 2:00 pm. There will be a me­mo­rial gath­er­ing at the home of Kirby & Karolyn Hop­per on No­vem­ber 24 at 2pm.

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