Obituary: Robert Earl Hooker Jr. July 16, 1930 – June 8, 2021

ROBERT EARL HOOKER JR. July 16, 1930 – June 8, 2021

Robert Earl Hooker, Jr., age 90, loving, supportive husband and father, born July 16, 1930, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Known to most as Bob, he served one-year active duty in the Army and seven years in the National Guard. He attended college in Troy, NY and after graduating he and his family relocated to Albuquerque, NM where he was offered a position at Sandia National Laboratories.

After his work at Sandia, he obtained work at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he stayed until he retired in 1995.

In Bob’s younger years, his passion being that of golf, and later years playing tennis and singing karaoke. He was married to his loving wife Dot for 66 years and shared a life of unending love. In their retirement, they spent summers in Albuquerque and winters in Mesa, AZ. There they played tennis and Bob sang at numerous karaoke gatherings. He was well known for his voice as he sounded like Willie Nelson. Thus, given the nickname “Willie Bob” by his many friends and supporters. 

Bob’s wife Dot passed Feb. 27, 2021. He is survived by his son, Joseph Hooker; brother, Richard Hooker; nieces, Pamela Armstrong and Athena Theodosis.

He will be missed by his family and many cherished friends, ever loved never forgotten. In his honor, please send any contributions to the American Cancer Society.

A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 26, 2021, at FRENCH – Westside in Albuquerque. Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.comFRENCH – Westside, 9300 Golf Course Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM. 505.897.0300.

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