Ronald Dean Hooker

Dec. 27, 1930-Sept. 13, 2020

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Ronald Dean Hooker, 89, of Francesville passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in his home at 6:25 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

The youngest of eight children, he was born Dec. 27, 1930, to Otto and Julia Grock Hooker. Ronald spent most of his life in the Francesville/Medaryville communities, outside of his time in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952-1954. He was a 1948 graduate of Francesville High School.

He married Ruth (born Lillian Ruth Bartley) Stevens on Feb. 10, 1952, in Independence Methodist Church in rural Gillam Township in Jasper County. Ron and Ruth were married for a blissful 53 years and had three children, Wallace (Wally), Michael and Julie. Ruth passed away March 22, 2005, and son Michael passed Nov. 26, 2018.

Following Ron’s discharge from the Marines, he began farming with his father, later taking over and farmed the land for nearly 50 years. He had been a member of the former Independence Methodist Church, the Francesville UMC and belonged to St. James United Church of Christ.

Ron married Lois Vollmer on Feb. 26, 2006, in St. James UCC and was blessed with a second wonderful marriage and gained an incredible ‘bonus’ family!

Surviving along with his wife, Lois of 14 years are: son Wallace “Wally” (Janet) Hooker of rural Attica; daughter Julie Soplanda of Avon; daughter-in-law Stephanie Hooker of Shelburn; step-sons, Scott (Cathy) Vollmer of Francesville and Joe Vollmer of Rochester; grandchildren, Emily (Tim) Myers, Kyle (Stacey) Hooker, Seth (Brandi) Hooker, Kirk (Amberlee) Hooker, Chelsey (Chandler) Manns, Tyler Soplanda, Tate Hooker, Summer Pellegrino and Madison Hooker; bonus grandchildren, Nick (Adrienne) Vollmer, Lindley (Adam) Laposi and Caity (James) Robinson; 17 great-grandchildren; and one ornery brother Harold.

He was preceded by his parents; wife Ruth; son Michael; brothers Lamoine, Raymond and Paul; and sisters, Blanche, Opal and Annabelle; and step-granddaughter “Little” Lois.

Following retirement, Ron enjoyed “road farming” with Lois, to keep an eye on how the boys were doing farming, while listening to Eddie Arnold and The Statler Brothers. He liked tinkering in his garden, garage and spending time “whistling” while cheering on his grandchildren at their various activities. There was never a more fierce protector of his family, especially his granddaughters than Ron. He loved family gatherings, going to “the boat” gambling and eating at the Whistle Stop. He liked joking … with anyone, including complete strangers, which lead to many interesting situations. His heart was huge, and if you knew him, you probably knew exactly how you stood with him. The world lost a lovable, colorful rascal!

Please note, for safety and convenience, services will be held at Meadow Springs, 8631 U.S. 421 Francesville (intersection of U.S. 421 and Indiana 114). Visitation hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 and 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday, with Pastor Dennis Gutwein (a long-time friend and neighbor) and Pastor Nelda Seger officiating. Ron will be laid to rest in Independence Cemetery.

Ron’s family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. James UCC or the Indiana Education Foundation of The Indiana Funeral Directors Association. Envelopes will be available at the services.

To sign the guest book or share a memory, visit us at www.familyandfriendsfh.com Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate and colleagues of Wally are caring for Ron and his family. Guests are reminded to follow the COVID-19 recommendations of the Indiana State Board of Health.

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