Robert Lee Hooper

01/05/1922 — 07/19/2003

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Valentine, Nebraska

Robert Lee Hooper

Robert “Bob” L. Hooper, born January 5, 1922, in Valentine, Nebraska, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2003, in Richland, WA.

His parents, Arthur and Cherie L. Hooper preceded him in death.

Bob was raised for most of his life in Portland, Oregon graduating from the University of Portland with top honors, Summa Cum Laude, in 1942 at the young age of 20.

Bob served with the United States Air Force teaching strategy at Harvard University.

Bob married his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Sullivan on August 23, 1942.  Bob and Betty moved to Richland in 1949.

Bob was Director of Personnel and Labor Relations for the Atomic Energy Commission now called The Department of Energy until his retirement in April 1979.

Bob is survived by Betty Hooper; his daughter, Cherie L. Leaton and son, Daniel L. Hooper; 3 granddaughters, Alicia Hooper, Shelly Hooper and Jennifer Leaton; 3 grandsons, Ben Hooper, Dory Hooper and Thomas L. Leaton and his fiancé, Erica.  Bob also is survived by 1 great granddaughter, Tenaya Louise Leaton.

Bob’s greatest passions were his family and his love for golf.  He was loved by all who knew him and will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched.

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  • We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s death and will miss him very much. We loved to talk to him whenever we saw him there by his house across the street from our Son’s house. We send to Betty and family our condolances and prayers & know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Henry & Marla Irwin
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, Washington, 99352, U.S.A
  • Mr. Hooper will always be Mr. Hooper to me. I began AEC employment in 1955 when he was a Branch Chief. I always admired and respected him and felt honored to have had him as “my boss.” I am so very sorry to read of his passing. May all the fond memories be forever with the family. My prayers and sympathy go out to all.

    Anonymous
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I was the Development Director for Tri-Cities Prep for 4 1/2 years. I knew Bob for his wonderful and charitable nature. He was intrumental in the beginning stages of the school and stayed involved and interested. He will be missed.

    Christy Watts
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I’m at a loss for words. Bob was the best grandfather, father, and husband a person could ask for. May God rest your soul, gramps. He is missed by all and will never be forgotten.

    Shelley M. Hooper
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I wanted to extend my sympathies to Mr. Hooper’s family. I am the daughter of his neighbors, Dale and Joan Gustman. In the years when my children were young and staying at their grandparents they always remembered Mr. Hooper and his long conversations with their grandpa. My dad thought a lot of Mr. Hooper and enjoyed talking with him and since my dad has become very ill, he has enjoyed watching Mr. Hooper come and go in his truck. He would sit in the sun porch on Birch and watch as he went by and always say their goes “Hooper”. I know that my folks will miss him very much. He always stopped by to see how my dad was doing. We thank him for his kindness and friendship. He was a very kind and intelligent man. Sincerely,

    Christine GustmanSmith.

    Christine Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I loved Robert. He was an enthusiastic and wise supporter in launching Tri-Cities Prep,the new Catholic High School in Tri-Cities. He came to school at least once a year to make a generous donation and talk about the school. He was present at other events as well. I enjoyed his positive energy and enthusiasm. I am very sorry I was out of town when he died. I was saddened when I recently learned of his death and that his wife died a few weeks after. The last time I saw them was when I visited the two of them last winter at home.

    We used to talk a lot about Father Jim Voiss, SJ, who is his nephew or cousin. We will keep him in our prayers and in our loving memories.

    Father Thomas Bunnell, SJ
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • My prays are with the family. Shelley is one of my bestfriends and I have been praying for the Hooper Family since the day Bob was in the hospital. May God Be With You All Through The Time of Need.

    Mikee Forrester
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I am the oldest grandchild of Bob. I would like to thank everyone for sharing your memories of my grandfather. I learned so much from my grandfather that I don’t know where to begin. I owe so much to him. He helped me through college, taught me how to throw a baseball, took me to Cannon Beach nearly every summer, spoiled me rotten every chance he got, but made sure that I knew how to stand on my own two feet. I believe he may be one of the most amazing men to ever live. I will miss him every day of my life. I love you gramps!!!

    Alicia Hooper
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • To Betty and family my deepest sympathy & condolences.

    Bob, I already miss our daily conversations at the fence. I look for you in your chair on the patio and it’s often tough just going to my back door now. But I know without a doubt,the angels are learning a thing or two from you these days. Your wisdom will live on forever through all who were fortunate enough to have known you.

    Until we meet again, I will forever miss you.

    Your friend & neighbor,

    Kari and Kora

    Kari Reid
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s death and will miss him very much. We loved to talk to him whenever we saw him there by his house across the street from our Son’s house. We send to Betty and family our condolances and prayers & know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Henry & Marla Irwin
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, Washington, 99352, U.S.A
  • Mr. Hooper will always be Mr. Hooper to me. I began AEC employment in 1955 when he was a Branch Chief. I always admired and respected him and felt honored to have had him as “my boss.” I am so very sorry to read of his passing. May all the fond memories be forever with the family. My prayers and sympathy go out to all.

    Anonymous
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I was the Development Director for Tri-Cities Prep for 4 1/2 years. I knew Bob for his wonderful and charitable nature. He was intrumental in the beginning stages of the school and stayed involved and interested. He will be missed.

    Christy Watts
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I’m at a loss for words. Bob was the best grandfather, father, and husband a person could ask for. May God rest your soul, gramps. He is missed by all and will never be forgotten.

    Shelley M. Hooper
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I wanted to extend my sympathies to Mr. Hooper’s family. I am the daughter of his neighbors, Dale and Joan Gustman. In the years when my children were young and staying at their grandparents they always remembered Mr. Hooper and his long conversations with their grandpa. My dad thought a lot of Mr. Hooper and enjoyed talking with him and since my dad has become very ill, he has enjoyed watching Mr. Hooper come and go in his truck. He would sit in the sun porch on Birch and watch as he went by and always say their goes “Hooper”. I know that my folks will miss him very much. He always stopped by to see how my dad was doing. We thank him for his kindness and friendship. He was a very kind and intelligent man. Sincerely,

    Christine GustmanSmith.

    Christine Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I loved Robert. He was an enthusiastic and wise supporter in launching Tri-Cities Prep,the new Catholic High School in Tri-Cities. He came to school at least once a year to make a generous donation and talk about the school. He was present at other events as well. I enjoyed his positive energy and enthusiasm. I am very sorry I was out of town when he died. I was saddened when I recently learned of his death and that his wife died a few weeks after. The last time I saw them was when I visited the two of them last winter at home.

    We used to talk a lot about Father Jim Voiss, SJ, who is his nephew or cousin. We will keep him in our prayers and in our loving memories.

    Father Thomas Bunnell, SJ
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • My prays are with the family. Shelley is one of my bestfriends and I have been praying for the Hooper Family since the day Bob was in the hospital. May God Be With You All Through The Time of Need.

    Mikee Forrester
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I am the oldest grandchild of Bob. I would like to thank everyone for sharing your memories of my grandfather. I learned so much from my grandfather that I don’t know where to begin. I owe so much to him. He helped me through college, taught me how to throw a baseball, took me to Cannon Beach nearly every summer, spoiled me rotten every chance he got, but made sure that I knew how to stand on my own two feet. I believe he may be one of the most amazing men to ever live. I will miss him every day of my life. I love you gramps!!!

    Alicia Hooper
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • To Betty and family my deepest sympathy & condolences.

    Bob, I already miss our daily conversations at the fence. I look for you in your chair on the patio and it’s often tough just going to my back door now. But I know without a doubt,the angels are learning a thing or two from you these days. Your wisdom will live on forever through all who were fortunate enough to have known you.

    Until we meet again, I will forever miss you.

    Your friend & neighbor,

    Kari and Kora

    Kari Reid
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We have enjoyed our talks together sitting in his yard while he worked with his roses. That’s how I knew when to prune ours was by seeing him work on his. We will miss Bob and our many conversations.

    Steve & Cindy Irwin
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US