George Robert “Bob” Hopkins, 93, of Creston, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.
A memorial gathering will be held Friday, October 18, 2013, 2-8PM. Family will join the gathering at 6 to receive friends. A flag presentation by Theodore J. Martens VFW Post #1797 will be performed at 8 with the Rev. Lu Parks saying a few words. A private family service will be held Saturday, October 19th at the family farm with Rev. Lu Parks officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Bob’s name be directed to the Union County Endowment with SCICF (South Central Iowa Community Foundation). Online condolences can be made under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com.
George Robert “Bob” Hopkins was born February 19, 1920 in Creston, Iowa, to Mary Josephine (Pfeiffer) and George Bierce Hopkins.
He graduated from Creston High School in 1938 and Creston Junior College in 1940. He enjoyed working at the cone shop on Russell Street during those years and had many memories from that. Employment at Montgomery Ward was interrupted with WWII. After training different cadres, Bob saw active duty in France and Germany from 1942 – 1946. He began his 34-year career with the postal service in 1948 as a clerk and eventually became a rural mail carrier. Many people in the area will remember him as their mailman.
During a lonely time in his life, Bob decided to participate in the Refugee Program sponsored by Gov. Robert Ray. His first family included three generations. The Ly family has continued to stay in touch with Bob, appreciating his efforts to help all of them. Another family from Laos stayed with Bob for a brief time.
July 18, 1982, Bob married Judy from Cromwell and they joined two families to include eight children. This was their world for the next 31 years. They added two exchange students during that time: Karino Schmelzer from Germany and Miho Aoyagi from Japan.
Bob loved to hunt, fish in his own pond with kids and grandkids and teach all of them his creed: “Work is so rewarding!” He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and the Creston VFW Post #1797.
Survivors include his wife, Judy, four sons: Mike (Victoria) of Truth or Consequences, NM; Mark (Pamela) of Naples, FL; Matt (Amy) of Missoula, MT; and Josh (Beth) of Orient, IA; four daughters: Dr. Penelope Isabella of Loveland, OH; Dr. Mary (Mick Gill) Hopkins of Howard, CO.; Marty (Fred) McClurg of North Liberty, IA.; Sherri (Mike Hinrichs) Hopkins of Altoona, IA.; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and his mother-in-law Ocie Hughes of Creston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Mary Veronica in infancy; two sisters, Margaret Lesan and Alice Mullen; and one brother in infancy.