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Letter to the Editor-Harold Hoppe

February 17, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Letter to the Editor, When my 97 year old uncle, Harold Hoppe, died on February 9, Gladbrook lost one of its biggest fans. Harold who spent most of his adult life in Moline, Illinois was always proud to tell others that he was from Gladbrook, Iowa. He subscribed to the Gladbrook newspaper for over 70 years and was its oldest current subscriber. He loved reading the Looking Back column and wrote notes to the editor expressing his appreciation for taking him back to his days of growing up in Gladbrook. He was a great story teller and was quick to share the many happy memories of his childhood. I never tired of hearing those stories. Over the years Harold followed developments in his hometown and was proud to see the community progress with a nursing home, community building, fitness center and movie theater. As a veteran of World War II, he was honored to have his name on the memorial east of town. He loved attending high school class reunions and reconnecting with his classmates. Like many of us, Harold came to appreciate Gladbrook even more as he grew older. He understood that many of the qualities he possessed that gave him success and happiness in life were sown and nurtured in that central Iowa community. His strong work ethic, compassion for others, patriotism, faith in God and positive attitude were the product of having grown up on a farm 4 miles north of Gladbrook. A final testimony to his love for Gladbrook was his desire to be buried at Maple Hill Cemetery which is the burial site of his parents and seven of his eleven siblings. He has come home to the place he loved most. He has returned to Gladbrook. Dean Hoppe Minneapolis, MN
 
 

 

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