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H. Benner Hoeper
(July 23, 1917 - March 12, 2014)

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H. Benner Hoeper

U.S. Veteran

Dover, NH - H. Benner Hoeper died March 12, 2014 at the age of 96 of natural causes.  He was known to family and friends as Ben Hoeper, or "Sweet Old Ben".   Ben was born July 23, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio and rose with the rugged individualism imbued into many of the children of the Depression.  Graduating from Roger Bacon High School at the age of 16, he received a scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  As a Co-op student in his senior year, he was hired to work at General Motors Research Lab in Detroit, MI.  During WWII, he served onboard the submarine USS Becuna, SS-319, in the Pacific as the Communications and Radar Officer.  After the War he parlayed his knowledge of radar, communications and electrical engineering into a career in the early years of rocket development making frequent trips to the West Coast, White Sands, NM and Cape Canaveral, FL, working on various rocket projects. For a time he directed General Electric's programs at Cape Canaveral being in charge of 250 employees in three divisions supporting operations and the development of the guidance system for the Atlas Centaur ICBM. Ben was truly one of the early rocket pioneers of the last century. After the downturn of the space program, following the moon shots, Ben finished his career managing the installation of communications for much of the Metro subway system in Washington, DC. During the War Ben married his beloved wife, Ruth Ann Hindmarsh, who passed away in March 2010.  He is survived by three children, Virginia Chrisenton of Lyndeborough, NH; Richard Hoeper of Dover, NH; and Mary Ann Benavides of Madison, WI; and a grandson Miguel Benavides of Los Angeles, CA. Ben had a passion for old trains and photography. He went all over the country recording and filming old trains. He enjoyed working with motion pictures and still photography and was involved in several award winning amateur film projects.. The family wishes to thank the Hyder Family Hospice House for their care and compassion. There are no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Parish of the Assumption at a later date. Burial will be in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. Memorial donations may be given to the Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Rd, Dover, NH 03820.


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