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Harry Van Hopper Sr.

The Shawnee News-Star
Harry Van Hopper Sr., 94, of Shawnee, passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Shawnee.

Harry Van Hopper Sr., 94, of Shawnee, passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Shawnee.

He was born April 8, 1926, to Carrol and Rose (Pierson) Hopper in Carbondale, Illinois.

Harry was raised in Carbondale until the age of 4 when his family moved to Amarillo, Texas.

He proudly served his country in U.S. Army Air Force, later known as the Air Force, during WWII and was stationed in Okinawa for two years.

After his military service he returned home to help his mother and family and would meet his future wife, Wanda Lee Sapp. He and Wanda were married on Aug. 12, 1955, and they raised their family and made their home in Southern California for 30 years before moving to Oklahoma and settling in the Shawnee area. Wanda preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 2016.

Harry worked for many years in pipeline construction with Pipe Liners Union 798.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Lee Hopper; daughter, Deneice Rahseparian; his parents, Carrol and Rose Hopper; sisters, Margaret and Deloris; and brothers, Richard Hopper and Carol Walter, Jr. Hopper.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Watson of Johnson City, Texas, and Jeneice Rahseparian of Shawnee; one son, Van Hopper Jr. of Lexington, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Gretchen Brashear of Tucumcari, New Mexico; and other extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, and continue through service time.

Service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Don Jonker, Tecumseh First Assembly of God, officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.