Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 27, 2013

Joseph Laurence Hooper

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — KINGSLEY — Joseph Laurence Hooper, 87, of Kingsley, passed away at Munson Hospice House on April 25, 2013. He was born to James and Rosa (Chaufty) Hooper on Nov. 28, 1925.

Joe attended Central Michigan University and University of Detroit, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

He married the love of his life, Patricia Somers, on Oct. 21, 1950, at the Kingsley United Methodist Church.

Joe served four years during World War II in the U.S. Navy on the USS Ommaney Bay and USS Enterprise and is a member of the Ommaney Bay Reunion Association.

After owning a Shell gas station he opened his own accounting and tax practice, Photographic Bookkeeping Service, in Kingsley in 1955. After years of dedicated work he retired in 1990.

Joe was a member of the American Legion, Kingsley City Council and Kingsley School Board. He was also a lifelong member of the Kingsley United Methodist Church.

Joe always had a joke to tell and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Joe’s hobbies included hunting, mushroom hunting and woodworking. All of his children and grandchildren have special mementos handcrafted by him.

Joe is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Nan (Timothy) Goldsmith and Reed (Barbara) Hooper, of Kingsley, and Jill Hooper-Rocco, of Ludington; grandchildren, Alison Goldsmith, Nicole Alejandro, Kristen Hooper, Katie (Sean) Leask, Elyse and Shay Rocco; and great-grandchildren, Zoe, Conner, Natalie and Jackson. He is also survived by special family members, Kay Price, Melanie and Mario Fernandez and their children, Sofia and Nico.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Hooper Jr.; and niece, Jamie Harper.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 29, at 11 a.m., at the Kingsley United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Rock of Kingsley, Munson Hospice House or Kingsley United Methodist Church.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.