MILTON-FREEWATER - Alfred Lee Hopper, 89, of Milton-Freewater died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at Evergreen Milton-Freewater Health Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Milton-Freewater Cemetery.
Mr. Hopper was born April 10, 1919, on the North Fork of the Walla Walla River near Milton to Carl Lee Graham and Carrie Mae Bradshaw Hopper. He attended the Forks School. He married Ruth E. Morris in 1940, in Lewiston.
He worked for the Harold Harder Ranch for several years. He then began farming fruit, hay, berries and milk cows. The couple later owned and operated fruit farms on the North and South Forks of the Walla Walla River. They also, operated a fruit stand, Nixon's Orchard, on the Old Walla Walla Highway near Stateline for many years. Following his retirement, grandson Jeff Jensen took over the farming operation.
He was a former member and board member at Blue Mountain Growers and a former member of the Oregon Farm Bureau and the Cattlemen's Association. In younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially extended hunting trips with friends and family in the Blue Mountains. He enjoyed time in the outdoors and all aspects of nature.
Mr. Hopper is survived by daughter Janet Collins of Milton-Freewater; son Richard "Dick" Hopper of Prosser; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by brothers Leland and Gerald Hopper, and sister Eleanor Hopper.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Cancer Center through the funeral home.