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R. Hope Herdklotz

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R. Hope Herdklotz Obituary
R. Hope (LUCAS) Herdklotz Born: May 14, 1922; in Visalia, CA Died: Nov. 21, 2013 ; in Ashland, OR In her usual pilot jargon, Hope "flew west" the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2013, with her children bidding her a loving goodbye. She is survived by daughter Patt (+Kim Yasutake) of Ashland, OR, son Mykl (Arthur) (+Rita Wong Suey) of W. Sacramento, CA, son Hal T. of Houston, TX, and grandchildren Tyler Herdklotz, Amy Forth, Allegra and Kira Herdklotz-Yasutake. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Thomas A. Herdklotz, parents Leland and Leona Lucas, and siblings June Smith and Gaylord Lucas. Hope grew up on Jacobs ' Ranch in Visalia, California. She started violin in high school and was concertmistress her senior year. She oil painted, drew cartoons, wrote poetry, and he took flying lessons. After soloing, she worked as a controller running the 'signal can ' at Visalia airport and earned an AA in Education at Visalia College. The airport was made a US Air Corps cadet base in WWII, and she met Tom as he came through as a cadet who then served as a cargo pilot through the war. They married December 23, 1945, and went to live in Tom 's home town of Woodstock, Illinois, where they then raised their three children. Hope went to her children 's concerts and used her art to make them birthday cards, work with Tom on original Christmas cards, win the local ads display competitions, and encourage their children 's creativity. She joined her husband at the V.F.W., helped sponsor the Propbenders model airplane club, was charter member of Lake Region Sports Car Club, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and when they retired to Eagle River, Wisconsin, was a member of the Sno-Eagles snowmobile club. In her last years, Hope continued her sense of humor and feistiness, love of the sound of a sports car, celebrated the beauty in nature, savored fresh fruit (ah, loquats in Houston, peaches in Sacramento, pears in Ashland), marveling at a fine picket fence or a clear blue sky for good flying, celebrating memories of dear friends and family through her all her 91 years. This summer, the family will celebrate a graveside service in Woodstock, IL., and an informal celebration with friends in Eagle River, WI. The family invites people to remember Hope by doing something helpful or kind for someone else.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 30, 2013
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