George J. Hopf, Jr., IC3 (1956)
Norman Porterfield, RUSH Association Recruiter, spoke with Mrs. Doreen Hopf who told us her husband had passed in June 2006. Mrs. Hopf expressed that she would like to hear from any of her husband's shipmates. The photograph above was taken from the 1956 William R. Rush (DDR 714) Cruise Book.
The following obituary was published in the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colorado on July 1, 2006:
George John Hopf, Jr.
August 2, 1934 - June 28, 2006
George John Hopf Jr., of Longmont, died of cancer Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at his home. He was 71.
The son of George John Hopf Sr. and Marie Blake Hopf, he was born Aug. 2, 1934, in the Bronx, N.Y. He married Mary Rose Sammut on July 21, 1956, at the Rock of Gibraltar. They divorced. He married Doreen Bunka Aldridge on Aug. 24, 1974, in Anaheim, Calif.
Mr. Hopf moved to Longmont in 1986.
A graduate of Bayside High School in New York, he attended Manhattan College and New York University.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1953 and served on the destroyer USS William R. Rush. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
Mr. Hopf then joined IBM as an electronics technician, retiring in 1993 as a staff engineer/scientist. During his career, he worked at MIT Lincoln Labs in Massachusetts on semi-automated air defense systems for the U.S. Air Force, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland on the launch monitor subsystems of the Mercury and Gemini projects and with the FAA National Airspace System in New Jersey and California. Later assignments allowed him to be a part of the space shuttle program, various military aircraft systems and Mobile Ground Terminals for the Air Force.
After retirement, he worked at Power Box USA Inc. in Broomfield.
Mr. Hopf enjoyed baseball and football, especially the Colorado Rockies, the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins; the outdoors, often visiting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park; and square dancing.
He was active with the Republican Party and worked as an election judge. He and his wife were members of Hix & Chix, a square-dancing club in Longmont.
Survivors include his wife, of Longmont; three daughters, Theresa Faison, of Groton, Conn., Brenda Aldridge, of Seattle, and Beth Hager, of Simi Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, George J. Hopf III; and two sisters, Frances Dammann and Patricia Hopf.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2006, at Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont.
Funeral services will follow at the church. Pastor Tom Hovestol will officiate.
Contributions in Mr. Hopf`s name may be sent HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026; or Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont, CO 80501.
Howe Mortuary, in Longmont, is handling arrangements.
© Daily Camera 2006
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