Emory Dale Hopper, 70, of Jennings County, formerly of Seymour, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at home after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 12, 1946, to Emory and Audrey Hopper in Columbus. In 1966, he married Brenda Ault and together they had two daughters. On Dec. 3, 1998, he married Wanda Lewis, who survives.
Dale grew up in Jackson County and graduated from Cortland High School in 1964. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970.
Dale worked at Cummins Engine Co. in Columbus and Aisin in Seymour. He also enjoyed his retirement job and co-workers at Jubilee Flowers and Gifts.
He loved nature and the outdoors. Hunting was a lifelong passion passed on from his own dad. Many great memories and friends were made on his hunting trips. Dale enjoyed pioneer reenactments and tomahawk throwing competitions.
His greatest loves in life are those he has left behind.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Lori Franklin and Jennifer Barnette; six grandchildren, Lexi Wilson, Braeden Blocker, Jayse Williams, Conner Barnette, Jordan Barnette and Ally Barnette; four sisters, Shirley (Johnny) Marshall, Arlene (Alan) Lange, Rhonda Bogard and Sandy (Wayne) Capes; a great-grandson, Bhodi Franks; along with several nieces and nephews.
Dale graciously chose to donate his body to science research at IU School of Medicine. A memorial service will be at a later date.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Our Hospice of Jennings County, especially Nurse Ray for all his special care, kind words and comfort in our final days together.