Rickey Lee "Rick" Hopper, 65, of Gainesville, Florida passed away Friday, February 14, 2014. He was born August 21, 1948 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Gene and Ramona (Yokely) Hopper. Rick grew up in Bartlesville and was a very proud member of the 1966 College High graduating class. While attending Col-Hi he lettered in football and baseball. He continued his education on a football scholarship to Oklahoma Military Academy. Rick then received a baseball scholarship to Oral Roberts University and graduated from there in May 1970. He went on to coach high school sports in the Houston metropolitan area. After his tenure as coach, he came back to Bartlesville and opened up the Tuxedo Café. Rick moved to Bellingham, Washington in the mid 80's to become an owner/operator of KFC and later Papa John's Pizza. This endeavor took him to several states including Illinois, Indiana, California, Missouri, and Florida. He retired in 2012 to spend more time with family and enjoy the things he loved.
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Rick loved all sports and was an avid OU football fan along with an acquired taste for the Florida Gators. He followed the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team and enjoyed traveling to family outings at Busch Stadium. He also enjoyed music, researching family ancestry, camping and the outdoors. He took many retreats to Lake Tahoe where he spent time with family and called it the most beautiful place on earth.
He is survived by his loving wife of thirty-two years Judi (Shirley) Hopper of Gainesville, Florida and his daughters; Lori Willis and husband Dewayne of Jenks, OK; Kari Hicks and husband Robert of Springfield, MO; Gina Noble and husband Mark of Gainesville, Florida and Heather Henderson and husband Darold of Springfield, MO. He is also survived by sister Debbie Alspach and brother Kim Hopper and his wife Barbara all of Bartlesville. The lights of his eyes were his grandchildren Samantha, Logan, Landon, Avery, and Morgan. He was preceded in death by his father Gene Hopper, mother Ramona (Yokley) Hopper, and son Brad Hopper. Many extended family members and friends, especially his cousins with whom he enjoyed spending time, will miss Rick.
There will be a private family service at Lake Tahoe to celebrate Rick's life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Golden Eagle Scholarship Fund c/o Oral Roberts University Athletic Department at 7777 S. Lewis Avenue Tulsa, OK 74147.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21, 2014