Samuel B. Harman Hopler died on April 14, 2010, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, under hospice care.
Sam was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on May 30, 1926. He attended school in Williamsport, Pa., and graduated from Porter Military Academy in Charleston, S.C. He served in the United States Navy Flight Program from 1943 to 1946. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston in 1950.
Sam was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency from 1950 to 1977, serving in Europe, Asia and Washington, D.C. Upon retirement, he was appointed a magistrate in Loudoun County, Virginia, and later moved to Montana where he became a sapphire and gold miner. Health considerations caused a move to Florida in 1992, with summer holidays in Montana every year.
Sam is survived by his loving wife, Martha; daughter, Whitney Gale Morgan; sons, Harold Woods Hopler, Frederick Charles Hopler and Nicholas Marshall Hopler; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services with military honors will be held at Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison, at 3 p.m. June 21, 2010. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Cremation has taken place under the care of Retz Funeral Home. To offer condolences to Sam’s family or to share a memory of Sam, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.