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Walter A. Hopkins

Walter A. Hopkins, 81, of Richmond, passed away on Saturday, January 2, at Heritage House of Richmond.

Born August 19, 1928 in Springfield, Illinois, he was the son of Charles and Hallie Maines Hopkins. He graduated from Hollansburg High School in 1947. He married the former Martha Eales on December 21, 1949 and lived much of his life in the communities of Hollansburg, Ohio and Whitewater and Fountain City. He farmed until 1960 then went to work at Dana Corp, where he was a member of the Dana 25 year Club and retired from in 1990 after 30 years of service.

He was a Little League coach and commissioner in the 1960's in the Whitewater baseball program. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and reading a good book. He also enjoyed a good game of Euchre and traveling, including many trips to Las Vegas.

Mr. Hopkins will be missed by his wife of 60 years, Martha, of Richmond; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Tom Weiss, of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-laws, Stephen and Carol Hopkins, of Fredericksburg, Texas; Doug and Mary Lou Hopkins, of Indianapolis and Dennis and Linda Hopkins, of Knoxville, Tennessee; sister, Mary Rohe, of Richmond; brother, Russell Hopkins, of Richmond; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

Mr. Hopkins was preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers, Norman Hopkins, Lowell Hopkins, Lloyd Hopkins and Robert Hopkins; and 1 sister, Virginia Snyder.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Goshen Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, January 4.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46209-4830; or SouthernCare Hospice, 3414 West Fox Ridge Lane, Muncie, Indiana 47304-5203.

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KATHY Jan 5 2010 12:00 AM

Aunt Martha, Steve, Den, Doug and Mary I cant exress to you enough how much your family means to me and mine. We grew up thinking you guys were our half brothers and sister....lol Uncle Waldo was something...stubborn as a mule, but sweet as a young boy...he would always blush when we would kiss him goodbye on his cheek. I will never forget his deep laugh and big wide smile. I love him. Childhood memeories of the Saturday night card parties would never be the same without him.

May God comfort you with the thoughts that your husband, father was a awesome human being of which this world will miss.

Love always,

Marti Ann

Marti Eales Jan 4 2010 12:00 AM

sorry to hear of your loss will always remember how you and uncle walter opened your home up every christmas for the Eales get together these are cherished memories. Love debbie petry

debbie petry Jan 3 2010 12:00 AM

Mary and family,
I'm sorry for your loss. May you find peace in reflecting back on special memories of your father. My prayers are with you and your family!
DeeDee (NHS classmate)

DeeDee Taylor-Fussner Jan 3 2010 12:00 AM

Aunt Martha and family sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Walter. Although I was not as well acquainted with Uncle Walter as the rest of the family, It was my privilege to have spent some time with him on various visitations with my dad (Bill). I know the void this will leave in your lives, but I know with the thoughts, support and prayers of friends and family and the blessings of God this burden will be lessened.
Thinking of you with heart felt sympathy at this time.

Bobbi Jo VanWinkle-Eales Jan 3 2010 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Walter or "uncle Waldo" as we used to call him. We were always blessed to have such a big family and the best thing we ever did was hang at each others house, which usually meant a game of penny poker or euchre. all night long you hear uncle walter and uncle clyde laugh. They were the best times of my life. I imagine uncle walter is in heavan right now laughing with uncle clyde about something and they will have their loving arms around us when we join them someday.
all my love, Trish

trish mackey Jan 2 2010 12:00 AM

You have always been a wonderful great grandpa! You will always be in my heart.

Your great grandson, Ryan Hopkins

Ryan Hopkins Jan 2 2010 12:00 AM