Ruben Wayne Hopper, oldest known man in Oklahoma, passed Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Fairfax Manor Nursing Home at the age of 108.
Ruben was born August 13, 1903 in Delaware County, Oklahoma, the son of Abraham Lincoln Hopper and Sarah Scott Hopper. He received his early education in the Hickory Grove School in Delaware County.
He was married to Velma Jones on September 15, 1924 at Fairland, Oklahoma. The couple moved to the Hominy and the Sunny Slope communities shortly after their marriage and had lived the past several years in Ralston. The couple had been involved in farming since their move from northeastern Oklahoma. The couple had been married for 81 years prior to Mrs. Hoppers death six years ago.
Ruben was of the Pentecostal faith and his enjoyments included fishing, hunting, playing cards, listening to his sons play music and getting together with family for Sunday dinners.
He is survived by his four children, AnnaLee Serrato of Pawnee, Bill Hopper of Clinton, Illinois, Ron Hopper of Ralston and Tom Hopper of Hominy two half sisters, Arlous Duff and Virginia Spurgeon 33 grandchildren and many many great and greatgreat grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Sarah Hopper his wife, Velma Hopper sons Charlie Hopper, Bob Hopper, R.H. Hopper, Randall Hopper, Dean Hopper and two other infant sons one daughter, Wanda Hosie and 13 siblings.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 at the Fairfax Cemetery with Rev. George Weston presiding. Arrangements are under the direction of the HunsakerWooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Honorary casket bearers are Bill Hopper, Ron Hopper, Tom Hopper, Daryl Hopper, Ulis Keeling and Lee Shea.
Memorial contributions may be made to ONHL Hospice of Fairfax, 282 County Road 6300, Fairfax, Oklahoma 74637.