William H. Hopkins
Date of Birth: June 26, 1932
Date of Death: September 1, 2019
September 6, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba
September 7, 2019 - 10:30 AM - Cuba Christian Church
New Philadelphia- William H. Hopkins, age 87, of rural New Philadelphia, passed away on September 1, 2019, in Macomb, Illinois. Bill was born in rural Fulton County and grew up in Cuba, Illinois, graduating from Cuba High School in 1951. Bill was the son of Claude and Cora Mae (Agnew) Hopkins, the eighth of thirteen children. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Hazel Marie Miller, on April 25, 1953, in San Luis Obispo, California, shortly before he left for Korea. He served in the U.S. Signal Corps stationed in Korea.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings (Pauline, Edgar, Ralph, Clyde, Margaret, David, Hazel, and Mary Lou).
He is survived by his wife, Hazel (Miller); his children, Nancy Hopkins (Joe Ourth), and Stephen Hopkins (Laura Gennaco); brothers and sisters Ruby Bishop, Herbert Hopkins, Thomas Hopkins, and Bonnie Lisle; and grandchildren Emily Martin, Abraham Ourth, Bailey Hopkins, and Elijah Ourth.
Bill was a person of great faith and was an active member of the New Salem Christian Church in Adair. He was active in the American Legion. Bill was a stand-out basketball player for Cuba High School and continued to enjoy sports throughout his life, particularly watching his son Steve’s high school and college games, and watching college and professional basketball games on television. Bill loved animals and worked at several agriculture-related jobs in his early career. He also raised and showed St. Bernard dogs. Bill became an electrician and worked for Consolidation Coal Company. Bill was very talented mechanically, and could make and repair almost anything. He was an accomplished woodworker, making cradles, wagons, and toys for his grandchildren and other items for his home and as gifts. An avid gardener, Bill raised a large garden throughout all but the last years of his life. “Grandpa’s corn” is fondly remembered by his grandchildren. As the caption in his high school year book said “To know him is to like him.”
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Henry Lange Memorial Home in Cuba. The funeral will be at the Cuba Christian Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Bushnell Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Cuba Christian Church or the Salvation Army Food Pantry. To view William’s life tribute video or to send online condolences visit henrylange.com.
From: Margaret Fox Sep 2 2019 6:03PM My deepest condolences to Hazel, Nancy, Steve and Bill's entire family. From: Thomas E. Hopkins Sep 3 2019 4:37PM Aunt Hazel, Nancy and Steve,
This is Tom Hopkins, Herb's son. I got word from Rod this morning that Uncle Bill had passed away on Sunday. I was with Dad on Sunday afternoon visiting him as we talked and remembered our sweet Aunt Marion. My son Ben, his wife Katie and Herb's great grandson, Sammy, were in from DC to visit as well. Dad told us stories about all of the brothers and sisters. I showed Ben and Katie pictures of the family and all of the siblings. We talked about Uncle Bill and his service in Korea, as well as his other hobbies. I thought you would like to know that Dad loved his brother Bill very much and always was so happy to receive a card from you both. I will go down to Wooster tomorrow and let Dad know. Please know we keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Jim hopknd Sep 5 2019 9:44PM To Aunt Hazel and family. This is Jim and Judy Hopkins, Edgar's children. At this time of loss we offer our condolences to Aunt Hazel and children. Rest assured that uncle bill is in heaven now with Jesus. Praying for you.