Gary Hopper

Nov. 30, 1950-March 7, 2018
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March 7, 2018, we lost our beloved Grasshopper Gary. He was a beautiful, kind, loving, generous soul; he will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of calling him family or friend.
Gary is survived by his brother Ronnie Hopper, Step mother Phillis Hopper, Aunt Evalyn, Uncle and Aunt, Dale and Sharon Hopper, family in Billings, Montana, and other various family members, Gary’s best friends Ron Makinson and Lee J. Hanchett, close friends in Red Lodge, his Rock 'n' Roll family and many many more friends.
Gary’s hometown is Seattle, Washington. He moved to New Orleans in 1962, went to East Jefferson High School and attended UAB for computers. Gary traveled all over the USA for his love of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He had so many epic concert stories that he loved sharing with everyone. After living in different places, he landed in Red Lodge, Montana, where he resided until his passing. He was proud to call this town his home. A love for this small community was felt by all.
Gary was among some of the first snowboarders on Red Lodge Mountain. They called themselves the “Bad Boys Club.” He also was a snowboard instructor for many years. Gary cooked on and off for a lot of years but became an incredible carpenter. He retired working for Malin Construction.
Gary also enjoyed traveling to Yellowstone National Park for his love of photography. He had many different wonderful photos of the things he loved most in life. He was a true adventurer.
You will be forever missed and always loved. Rock on, Brother…
Please come celebrate Gary Hopper’s life with all his loved ones!! His life celebration will be held at 2 p.m. March 24, 2018 at the Snag Bar in Red Lodge.


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.