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Richard A. Hopkins

May 19, 1920 May 21, 2018
Richard A.  Hopkins
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Obituary for Richard A. Hopkins

Richard A. Hopkins age 98 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon May 21, 2018 at Three Rivers Health in Three Rivers, Michigan with his children at his side.
He was born May 19, 1920 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Arthur A. and Florence Abbey) Hopkins.
Dick resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1938.
On July 9, 1941 he married Irene I. Jellison in St. Louis, Missouri. She died September 22, 2012.
In 1981 he retired from the Kirsch Company in Sturgis following 44 years of dedicated employment.
Dick was proud to have served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1940 – 1950 earning the rank of Captain. He served in the European Theater earning one Bronze Battle Star. Dick was a highly talented and skilled glider pilot. While flying with the Canadian Air Force in operation “Muskox” he was the first pilot to land a glider and be picked up above the Arctic Circle. When he was stationed in Alaska serving with the 10th Air Sea Rescue and under extreme arctic conditions he rescued six men from a downed aircraft.
Dick was a lifetime active member of the First Baptist Church in Sturgis where he served on many boards and committees. He was a life member of the B.P.O.Elks #1381 in Sturgis and a life member and Past Commander of the White Pigeon American Legion Post #138. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, playing golf and his many winters at his home in Smyrna Beach, Florida.
He is survived by one son: Gregory (Susan) Hopkins of Sturgis; one daughter: Sandra K. (Craig) Brueck of Centreville; two grandchildren: Linsey (Jerome) Wolff of Sturgis and Ryan (Samantha) Brueck of Centreville; two great grandchildren: Ella Wolff, Gavin Brueck, Evelyn Irene Wolff and Lucas Brueck; special friends: Phyllis Hamilton of Coloma, California and Frank Bigelow of Denver, Colorado and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one sister: Helena L. Howard and one brother: Paul D. Hopkins.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial graveside service and burial of the ashes will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. The Rev. James Pearson of the First Baptist Church of Sturgis will officiate. Full military honors will be conferred by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and White Pigeon American Legion Post #138 Honor Guard.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Hopkins memory consider the First Baptist Church, 1050 Fawn River Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.


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Graveside

Saturday

26

May

11:00 AM 5/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
Oak Lawn Cemetery

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

Oak Lawn Cemetery
300 E. South Street Sturgis 49091 Michigan
United States
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