Lemley Chapel
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Charles “Gordon” Hooper Memorial
Charles “Gordon” Hooper Memorial

Charles “Gordon” Hooper

Charles “Gordon” Hooper

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Charles “Gordon” Hooper, age 81, passed away at home surrounded by family on March 31, 2021, due to complications from Huntington’s Disease. He was born September 2, 1939, in Jackson County, North Carolina, to James Cordell and Myrtle (Daves) Hooper.

Gordon spent his first seven years in Tuckasegee, North Carolina. In 1947, his dad, mom, and two younger sisters piled in the Pontiac and headed west to Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Gordon wrestled in high school and took second place at State his junior year. During his senior year of high school, Gordon also worked a full-time job at Northern State Hospital to support his passion for nice/sporty cars. He graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1958 alongside his best friend, Bob Handy. Bob had a cute niece, Clara May, who he introduced to Gordon. On June 30, 1960, Gordon and Clara May eloped to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

In 1963, Gordon was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he was trained as a wheel & track mechanic. A year later, he was accepted to the Army wrestling team. In 1965, he was discharged as a SP4. Gordon and Clara May returned to Sedro-Woolley, purchased a fixer upper and started their family. In 1966, Gordon was hired at Skagit Steel/Bendix where he worked as a mechanical electrical maintenance foreman until the foundation closed in 1990. He continued to work on-site while the equipment was liquidated. The joke was that he turned off the lights at the plant on his way out.

A hardworking, reliable, and determined man throughout his life, Gordon owned and managed several properties, worked on vehicles, could fix just about anything around the house, and was financially smart. He was outgoing, had a good sense of humor, and was a great storyteller. Wherever he went, he was meeting new people.

Gordon had a motto, “work hard, play hard” which he did well. Gordon continued his love for wrestling by attending SWHS wrestling matches and state tournaments with family and friends. He enjoyed taking his family on vacations, traveling all over the United States. Visiting family in North Carolina was one of his favorite trips, which he did numerous times over the years. Gordon loved camping, dirt bike riding, and trips to Reno (the more people the merrier). He also enjoyed buffets, Nascar, buffets, garages sales, any sports, oh and buffets.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Clara May Hooper of Sedro-Woolley; daughter, Bonnie Morrill of Snohomish; four grandchildren and their partners, Chris White, Trevor Morrill (Dillon), Brandon White (Valesha), Rachael Morrill (Cadan); one great grandchild, Izabell White, and one more on the way; sister Burnette (Robert) Handy; brother-in-law, Bill Handy; sister-in-law, Diane (Don) Feeney; niece, Chris (Bob) Keane; nephews, Jeff (Lisa) Greenough, Mike (Julie) Handy, Bill Bailey, Dennis (Megan) Feeney, Kelly (Tammy) Bailey, Darrel Feeney (Danielle); and numerous cousins and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vicki White; parents, James Cordell and Myrtle Hooper; sister, Lucille Greenough; father/mother-in-law, Howard and Clarissa Handy; and sister-in-law, Donna Bailey.

A Graveside Inurnment Service will be held at 1:00, Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Union Cemetery, Sedro-Woolley with Military Honors and Pastor Nick Harris presiding.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Huntington’s Disease Washington Chapter http://washington.hdsa.org/ or Hospice of the Northwest www.hospicenw.org .


  • Tess Pederson

    I remember the Skagit Bendix Corp days.1970’s My moms uncle was a machinist there for 30+ years. Most everyone I knew worked there. After shifts, many would come into the castle tavern to relax and unwind with a nice cold beer. Gordon was a sweet guy and even when he was so tired, he was always smiling. He was like the brightest moon on a dark night lighting up the room. I haven’t seen him for a long time and always wondered how he was, I didn’t know he had a medical problems So sorry to hear that he did. God Bless You Gordy. Sending Healing wishes to his family. God Bless such a happy soul.

  • Nancy Keim

    Dear Clara,
    I was saddened to read of Gordon’s passing. I so enjoyed talking with him at the dental office and he always made me smile. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Wayne. Moritz

    Sorry to learn of Gordon’s passing. I know he will be truly missed. Please except our condolences.

  • Charlotte Lake

    Clara May & Family…..so sorry to hear of the passing of Gordon. Praying that you will feel God’s peace and comfort as you walk this difficult road.
    Love & Prayers,
    Charlotte (Luehrs) Lake

  • Tony & Tami Swanson

    Loved hearing Gordon’s stories will miss them when we visit. Our prayers are with you all.

  • gary sackman

    Gordon was a super guy. Very supportive of me and Nanci when my mom passed away. He was a great part of our family. He will be missed.

  • Christian White

    I love you Papa, thank you for all you ever did for me. You made me half of who I am.

  • Rick Engholm

    Gordy and I were very close friends for over 40 years. We met while working at Skagit Corporation in Sedro Woolley. Gordy was an extremely talented person, he was the head of maintenance at Skagit, which made him responsible for keeping the entire plant up and running, this included all electrical, plumbing, hydraulics as well as a variety of other areas.
    I think everyone that knew Gordy respected him and realized that he was a person you knew you could trust and rely on. A person who if he gave you his word you could put it in the bank.
    To Gordy’s family we would like to say our thoughts are with you.
    A ran across a quote that reminds me of my relationship with Gordy, it says “ a friend is a gift you give yourself ” well, Gordy was my gift to me.
    Rick & Vicki Engholm

  • Angela Figgins

    That was a lovely obituary. It was fun to see that we were born in the same state as well as sharing a birthday. Prayers and blessings to the family.