Lt. Col. George T. Hooper, USA, Ret., of Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Phoenix and Snowflake, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. A chapel service and inurnment will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946, serving in the corps for three years. After discharge from the USMC, he enrolled in The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He then entered the U.S. Army, serving for 30 years in various assignments throughout the U.S., Korea, Hawaii, Vietnam, Germany and Turkey. Colonel Hooper was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He received a master’s degree in August 1989 from Drury College at Springfield, Mo. His military decorations included the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, United Nations Service Medal Vietnam Campaign, Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant, Presidential Unit Citation Badge and the General Staff Identification Badge.
Colonel Hooper retired from the Army in 1980 and went to work for Southeast Arizona Medical Center in Douglas. He served 15 years as the hospital COO and two years as the CEO. He served for 20 years on the Cochise College Foundation Board. He also served as the secretary/treasurer on the board of directors for the charter schools K-12 in Douglas and Sierra Vista. He was chairman of the Fry Fire District for 16 years. He was a life member of the Citadel Alumni Association.
George Hooper was the son of Ted and Mabel Segelhorst Hooper of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Lorraine Crosby; and a son-in-law, Mike Bianchi.
Survivors include five daughters, Dianne Popp (Larry) of Snowflake, Linda Bianchi of Taylor, Cathy Galloway of Phoenix, Lorie Franklin (Danny) of Glendale and Martha Boughner of North Beach, Md.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, June (Richard) Runyon of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the George and Barbara Hooper Scholarship for Nursing Students at Cochise College in Sierra Vista.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.