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Honor Mission
Arnold T Hoppenworth, Veteran
Maple Valley, Washington – 07-13-18


We have once again been requested to pay respect and render honors to another one of our fallen heroes, Arnold Theodore Hoppenworth, Senior Chief, US Navy, retired.  Mr. Hoppenworth was born on March 3rd, 1925 and died peacefully in his sleep on June 2 of this year.  Arnold enlisted in the US Navy in 1943, serving onboard the Casablanca-class escort carrier, USS Savo, in the Pacific during WWII.  He also was on active duty during the Korean War.  Arnold retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief in 1964 while assigned to the USS Yorktown in Long Beach, CA.
During his military service, Arnold was awarded numerous medals.  Those include the Navy Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area-Philippines Liberation, Presidential Unit Citation, and Good Conduct (6th Award).  He served directly under Admiral Thomas C Kincaid, and after returning to San Diego, was asked to babysit the admiral’s children.  As a matter of coincidence, Arnold’s son, Kenneth served aboard the USS Kincaid during his Naval career.
After completing his military career, Arnold worked for Safeco Insurance Company here in Washington as the Print Shop Manager until retiring in 1993.  In retirement, he found enjoyment traveling with his wife, Marie.  Arnold loved golfing, playing pinochle and cribbage, watching football with friends and going to the casino.  He would also volunteer his time to those in need.  The last year of his life was taken up with the entertainment he got from a Karaoke machine given to him on his 92nd birthday.  It fit his character perfectly as Arnold was always whistling or singing bringing a positive light into any room he entered.  Arnold was preceded in death by the love of his life, Marie, his wife of 59 years who died in 2009.  They are to be placed together today in their final place of rest.  He is survived by his older sister, and his two children. In addition, Arnold has 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. There will be a two motorcycle RHG leading the coach from Price Helton Funeral Home in Auburn.
NOTE:  Thew above was taken from the Funeral Home obituary,

Staging Time: 11:00 a.m.

23225 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE,
Maple Valley, Washington 98038

Ride Captain:

Kevin “Wolf” Rose, (425) 417-7905,

Special Instructions:

1030 a.m.: RC/SV arrive
1100 a.m.: members arrive and sign waiver sheet
1130 a.m.: mission briefing
1145 a.m.: KSU
1200 p.m. establish flag line
1230 p.m.: service begins
1245 p.m.: debrief and dismissal
RCIT/SV: Cathy Lee “Hotwheelz” Ryan, (206) 380-9429,
RCIT: Chuck “Diesel” Post, (206) 579-8230,
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large bike flags will not be needed.
Water will be provided.


Submitted By: Doug Shepard
Position: Washington Ride Captain

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July 13, 2018
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  1. A hero has fallen. It is time for us to mourn their passing, secure in the
    knowledge that their service and sacrifice shall not be forgotten. We mourn
    with their family and friends, knowing that they will find peace in the arms
    of the Lord.
    Hero, your watch is done, you can stand down now. We now have the watch.

    POW-MIA’s you are not forgotten.

    “Hotwheel,” Cisco, Texas

    In memory of :
    SGT. Ralph D. Woods Jr. USA Korea
    Crew Chief Eddy J. Pearman USAAC/USAF Korea
    Radio Operator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam

  2. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Arnold T. Hoppenworth, US Army WWII Veteran. During this most difficult time, I pray you peace. I will forever be grateful for his service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. Rest easy now, Sir…those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch.

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