Hanover, NH - Charles Francis Hopper, 86, of Hanover, NH, passed away of natural causes at his home at Wheelock Terrace on the morning of June 12, 2013.
Charles Hopper was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on April 4, 1927, and was the third of the four children of Mark Seymour Hopper and Flora Elizabeth Steier Hopper. He attended public schools in Oshkosh, graduating from Oshkosh High School in January, 1945. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served during and following the Second World War on the islands of Guam and Truk, and later as a guard at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Naval War College in Newport, RI. While stationed in Newport, he met Glenna Marilyn Aldrich of Jamestown, RI, and they were married in Jamestown on January 1, 1949.
Following his discharge in 1949, Charles Hopper attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on the GI bill, where he received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1953 and 1954, respectively. From 1954 until his retirement in 1988, Charles Hopper was employed by E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company as a chemical engineer in production, process design and quality control, primarily at DuPont’s Grasselli Plant in Linden, NJ.
While working in New Jersey, he learned to play the highland bagpipes and joined the Friendly Sons of the Shillalagh pipe band of Old Bridge, NJ. The band played in many parades and contests, including the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parades in 1970 and 1976. Charles was also an avid skier, hiker and climber who climbed all 47 four-thousand-foot mountains in New Hampshire.
Following retirement, Charles and Glenna moved to Glen, NH, and later to Walpole, NH. They moved to Hanover in 2010.
Charles Hopper is survived by his wife of 64 years, Glenna A. Hopper, a daughter, Catherine G. Hopper of Cos Cob, CT and Lyme, NH, a son, Charles J. Hopper of Charlottesville, VA, two grandchildren, Elisabeth R. Perlman and Mark L. Perlman, and a brother, John S. Hopper of Arlington, VA. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Mark S. Hopper, Jr., a sister, Barbara Hopper Waldo and his beloved dog Bogart.
He will be buried in a family plot at Hillside Cemetery in Cheshire, CT. A service to celebrate his life will be held at the Lyme Congregational Church on Saturday, July 20th, 2013 at 2 pm.