Willis C. Bopp, 77, of Hooper NE

Willis C. Bopp, age77, of Hooper, Nebraska passed away Thursday January 29, 201, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont, Nebraska.  Funeral service will be 10:30am Monday, February 2nd, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church with Rev. Joel Schroeder officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Hooper Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Sunday at the Redeemer Lutheran Church from 2 to 6pm with the family receiving friends from 2 to 4pm. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lutheran Family Services, Nebraska Children’s Home Society and the Salvation Army.  Online guestbook can be accessed at http://www.hooper-scribner,com.  Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Willis was born July 29, 1937 on a farm near the Scribner Air Base to Clarence and Elnora ‘Thomsen’ Bopp. He was raised in rural Hooper. Willis was baptized on September 12, 1937 and confirmed on May 13, 1951 both at Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church. He graduated from Hooper High School in 1956. After high school Willis joined the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Hancock (CV/CVA 19) from 1956 to 1958. After his military service he returned to the area. He married Janice Thernes on June 28, 1959 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper. After his marriage, he farmed in the Maple Township area and continued to farm his whole life, moving into Hooper in the spring of 2014.

Willis was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving the church in many ways including the Redeemer Church Council and the Redeemer Foundation Board. Willis was involved in many community activities. He served on the Maple Township Board, District 88 School Board, Hooper Co-op Board of Directors, Hooper Medical Clinic Board, Logan View Foundation Board and as the area President of the AAL (now Thrivent Financial). He is a lifetime member of the Angus Association and Lifetime Member of the FFA Alumni Association. Any one who needed something fixed brought it to him and he loved fixing things in his shop.

Wife – Janice of Hooper
Daughter – Nancy and husband Mike Ecklun of Holdrege, NE.
Son – Ron and wife Gail Bopp of Hooper
Grandchildren – Chris and wife Lindsay Ecklun of Holdrege
Matt and wife Breanna Ecklun of Holdrege
Lisa and husband Joel VonSeggern of Hooper
Stephanie and husband Will Johnson of Hooper
Great grandson – Carter VonSeggern
Step Brother – Gareld and wife Sara Wulf of Fremont
Step Sister – Connie and husband Glenn Langemeier of Fremont
Sisters-in-law – Kay Bopp of Ballwin, MO.
Marjorie and husband Arlen Gnuse of Fremont
Julene and husband Larry Karloff of Yutan
Brothers-in-law – Louis and wife Sharon Thernes of Hooper
Ken and wife Berniece Thernes of Hooper
Many nieces and nephews

Willis was preceded in death by his parents, sister Loretta (Mruz) Riskowski, brother Marlin Bopp and an infant brother.

Willis Bopp

Willis Bopp

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