July 27, 1941 -
July 21, 2013
On July 21, 2013, Roland went on his last journey. He was born on July 27, 1941 in Berlin, Germany. As his father was held as prisoner of war in Russia, his parents were divorced after his return. Roland grew up in various orphanages. During the Berlin Air Lift, when allied planes supplied the city with food and necessities, some planes would drop chocolate and candies for the kids and it was then, when little Roland formed a dream of living in America someday. At the age of 14 he began his apprenticeship for meat cutter and sausage-maker. He immigrated to the US in the early 60s, worked here as cook and sausage maker and joined the U.S. Army. After serving his time in the Army, he took up his trade again and became an extraordinary sausage maker. Meanwhile he was married for a short time, learned to fly, earned his pilot's license and even built his own airplane. He went back to school in Germany and was certified by the German Trade Commission as Master of the Trade, "Fleischer Meister". He returned to California and when Alpine Village added the Alpine Market, he was head of the meat department and attracted a lot of business with the quality of his sausages. Later, he had a bout with alcohol but prevailed and never lost the view of his goal to be independent physically, emotionally and financially. He made a change in his life and learned the sheet metal and air conditioning trade. Again, he showed his talent and his ability to work independently. Roland was a strong man with a good character, frugal and compassionate. Being a smart investor, he achieved financial independence. He also created the Roland Hoppe Foundation, where young people are given a chance to fly to and live in Berlin for some time. He loved and respected animals. Another love in his life was his sail boat and a dream to sail around the world someday. He was a quite competent sailor. Roland lived a life of challenges and prevailed. One of them was to walk the 800 km "Jacob's Trail" or "El Camino" in Northern Spain, and he did! Roland Hoppe lived a successful life as an individual, self-reliant and independent! Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits and dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 3, 2013