Nov. 19, 1913-Nov. 2, 2008
Former Sartell resident Walter J. "Hop" Hoppert, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.
Walter was born the son of Walter and Emma (Ruza) Hoppert on Nov. 19, 1913 in St. Paul. He attended Emerso Grade School in St. Paul. His family then moved to Wahpeton, N.D., where his dad owned and operated a hardware, plumbing and heating business with his brother Arthur.
Walter went to Wahpeton High School and was part of the 1931 state championship football team; he graduated in 1932. As a young adult he fought in Golden Gloves boxing. Walter began work at Wahpeton Plumbing and Heating. They did work all over the Midwest on post offices and federal buildings. He married Marie Demoray in 1936 and they later divorced in 1973.
After completing work on the post office and federal building in Grand Junction, Colo., Walter stayed and became a salesman for Crane Plumbing Supply. When the war started, Walter installed plumbing and heating in the air force base in Sioux Falls and Watertown, S.D.
Walter married Frances Ashmore on Feb. 20, 1975 in Denton, Texas. He started a plumbing and heating business in Fergus Falls. Walter sold the business and went to work for Goodin Plumbing and Heating Supply as a salesman. He retired in 2004, after 60 years in the business.
Walter enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting in his spare time. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his family.
Surviving Walter are his wife, Frances; four daughters, Marlene (Craig) Kenny of Minneapolis, Judy (Sam) Samuelson of Colorado, Jean (Jim) Tipton of Duluth, Minn., and Linda Hoppert of Portland, Ore.; three sons, David (Jeanette) Hoppert of Avon, Minn.; Rick (Mary) Hoppert of Sartell, Minn; Robin (Susan) Hoppert of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Walter in death were his parents; stepmother Ida Hoppert and one brother, Darwin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with a prayer service at 5 p.m.
A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes.
West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is providing arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.