- Born: 1909, Iron River, Iron County, Michigan, USA
- Died: 24 Mar 1923, Iron River, Iron County, Michigan, USA at age 14
- Buried: Iron River Cemetery, Iron County, Michigan, USA
Cause of his death was Accidentallly shot by playmate.
OBITUARY Iron River Reporter March 27 1923 "Young Boy Victim of Accident: Gordon Hooper, 14 Years Old, Believed Shot While Flourishing Revolver"
Mystery surrounds the shooting at 8:30 o'clock Saturday night of Gordon, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hooper of Iron River, who was instantly killed by a bullet from a 22 calibre revolver which entered his right side and lodged in his heart.
Gordon and a playmate, Russell Hibbard, 18 years old, were cleaning their weapons in the Hibbard home, according to Russell who was in the kitchen while Gordon was in a shed at the rear. A shot was heard and Russell ran into the shed. Gordon was lying on the floor dead with a bullet wound in his side.
"I was cleaning my 22 rifle in the kitchen and Gordon was repairing a 22 revolver in the shed," explained Russell to officials. "I heard a shot and ran to see what had happened. Gordon was lying on the floor. I loosened his shirt and saw blood. Then I ran for help and met my brother Cecil. He ran for a doctor. There was no one home at the time."
Doctor Levine arrived at the Hibbard home shortly after the shooting and after an examination declared that death had probably been instantaneous. Coroner John Lyle was notified but deemed an inquest unnecessary because of apparent accidental death.
EXAMINE PLAYMATE Cross-examinations of Russell by officials have resulted in the same account of the accident and his version is regarded as true. Rumors that Gordon had been accidentally shot by his playmate who was frightened into falsifying are said to be untrue.
The boys were pals and were with each other constantly. Because of this no suspicion of any nature is attached to Russell. It is the belief that Gordon accidentally shot himself while flourishing the gun in wild west fashion.
Classmates of Gordon were hushed in reverence during Monday classes when the news of his death became known. Gordon was in the seventh grade and was acknowledged by teachers as an adept student.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon from the M.E. church of Iron River. Among the out of town relatives who will be in attendance at the funeral are: Fred Bender of Wakefield, Clarice and Mona Hooper of Wakefield, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Terril and son Ellsworth of Crystal Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lada of Crystal Falls.
Two brothers, Lloyd and Fred, Jr., and a sister, Florence, besides the parents, survive.