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Henry Frost Hooker, 85, of Danville, Ill., passed over after a long struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Susan C. Hooker; two daughters, Deborah Hooker and Shaughnessy Bland; three sons, Conrad Bland, Henry Hooker III and Shane Bland.
Henry was born in 1931 in Danville, the son of Dr. Henry F. Hooker and Hazel Hooker. He attended school in Danville and later went to Shattuck Military School in Minnesota. Henry attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois.
In 1952, he entered the Navy, after four years of service returned home to finish his B.S. in Agriculture Science at the University of Illinois. With his degree in hand, he moved to Florida to begin his life as a rancher.
Henry and Susan met and married in 1981. The couple resided in Florida for many years where they became Padi certified, took their boat to the Bahamas and traveled the world together.
Henry had an infectious laugh, boisterous personality, and quick to invite a stranger to the table. He enjoyed listening to others share their experiences. After the passing of his stepmother, the couple decided to return and make Danville their main residence.
Henry's love of reading was not just a hobby, but a passion. He loved war novels.
Toots and Buster (Pop's nickname for them) loved to spend hours in their yard admiring the beautiful flowers, planting pumpkins and mowing grass. In the last few weeks, he wanted to be at home, sitting outside, in his chair overlooking the beautiful yard with his eyes closed, head tilted back like a leaf soaking up the last drops of the afternoon sun.
We will miss you Pops your light was on high beam for 85 amazing years. We love you, are all grateful for your presence in our lives Godspeed and safe travels.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Spring Hill Cemetery (family mausoleum). Friends are welcome.
Online condolences: www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com
Published on August 18, 2017
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