William Hopper was a kind, outgoing man who had a good sense of humor, said Doris Hopper, his wife of 39 years.
“God came first, then family,” she said.
He was close with his two daughters and his grandchildren.
“He loved to play with them,” she said. “He would rock them when they were babies, and then played with them as they got older.”
William “Curly” Hopper, 75, of Lowell, died Jan. 28. He had been a welder for many years. He was born and raised in Alabama, and came to the Chicago area at age 18 looking for work.
He loved sports, including watching football and NASCAR. He also enjoyed golfing with his friends on a regular basis.
“He got a hole in one in September (2012),” she said. “He always wanted to get one of those, and so he was pleased. He would say he wasn’t a great golfer, but he was pretty good, I’d say.”
Doris Hopper said people admired her husband for his work ethic and his willingness to help others.
She said her husband taught his children an important life lesson, one that had been passed down to him by his father.
“He learned from his dad that you always kept your word,” she said. “You shake hands, and your hand shake is as good as a signed document.”