WARREN – Forrest L. Hooper Jr., 74, died Friday, July 23, 2004, at his home, surrounded by his family after an extended illness. Born Nov. 14, 1929, in Brockton, Mass., he was the son of Forrest L. Sr. and Georgianna Dean Hooper. Since the early 1970s, he owned and operated The Feed Store in Rockland. Known to many as “The Chicken Man,” Mr. Hooper’s knowledge of poultry and birds was sought after by many. A co-founder of Central Maine Bird Fanciers established in 1985, he enjoyed attending Bantam Shows from Prince Edward Island to Tennessee. He served as a judge with the American Bantam Association and as a Maine State Poultry Tester. For many years, Mr. Hooper donated his time with 4-H youth, testing poultry at many agricultural fairs throughout Maine. He was honored by Northeastern Poultry Congress for his dedication to agriculture and youth. Being a member of MOFGA, he served as Poultry Superintendent at Common Ground Fair assisted by his nephew, Scott Monroe. Mr. Hooper is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Meklin Hooper; one son, Thomas L. Hooper and his wife, Vicki, all of Warren; one daughter, Peggy H. Burgess and her husband, Charles, of Union; two granddaughters, Hillary and Trilby; three brothers and their wives, George and Thelma Hooper of Bryant Pond, Lloyd and Shirley Hooper of Thomaston, Leon and Carol Hooper of Burketville; his sister, Linda Monroe and her husband, Richard, of Warren; a sister-in-law, Patricia Hooper of Machias; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.