Daniel Hopp, age 91, a long-time resident of Colville, passed away on Feb. 2, 2012 in Colville. Dan was born in Odessa, the son of Conrad and Anna Margaret (Bostrom) Hopp.
Dan moved with his family to Lamona in 1925 where he atÂ¬tended school through the sixth grade and worked on the famÂ¬ily farm. He then attended seventh and eighth grade in Odessa. Because of the needs on the farm, he was unable to continue his formal education.
On Feb. 17, 1946, Dan married Mary Lou Long in DavenÂ¬port. They began their life together on the family ranch at Lamona. In the fall of 1952, Dan, Mary Lou and their two sons, moved to Colville, where they began farming in the Colville valley. After 30 years of operating the farm, Dan reÂ¬tired and became his sonâ€™s farm-hand. He helped on the farm for the next 30 years before taking final pause from working the soil.
Dan was community centered and found great satisfaction working with civic and agricultural organizations. He helped to construct the Kettle Falls grain elevator and served on the board of directors for many years. Dan also served 26 years as a committeeman for the Stevens County ASCS and several years on the Soil Conservation Board. He was active with the Colville Lions Club and fondly remembers â€śplanting many roto-tiller bladesâ€ť while volunteering with the construction of the south side of Colville City Park.
Dan took great pride with his participation and formation of the rural fire district and later combination with the City Fire Department. He retired from the Colville Fire Department in 1984 after 20 years of service. Dan was an active member of the First Congregational Church and the Scrooby club. He assisted with many church social functions and spent countÂ¬less hours on their building and remodeling projects. Dan enÂ¬joyed wood working and reading.
Danwas also a member of the Knights of Pythias and WashÂ¬ington Association of Wheat Growers.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers and by a daughter.
Dan is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hopp, at the home; sons, Elden Hopp and wife, Luella, Loon Lake; Marvin Hopp, Colville; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Wolf, Deer Park, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 at the First Congregational Church in Colville, followed by an 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10 graveside service at the Odessa Cemetery in Odessa.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First CongregaÂ¬tional Church.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.