Donald L. Hopkins died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning, September 3, 2016 at Riverdell Care Center.
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A celebration of his life will be Saturday, Sept. 10th at the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church with visitation at the church from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Inurnment to follow the service in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Donald Loraine Hopkins was born on a farm east of Tarkio, Missouri the eighth child of Matthew and Iva Wax Hopkins on June 7, 1926. He was a member of the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Boonville where he had often served as liturgist and usher.
At the age of 13 he started milking cows at a dairy north of Fairfax, Missouri riding a bicycle morning and evening to the dairy. Later he worked at a service station on Main Street in Fairfax. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1944 and on being turned down for the draft he went to Long Beach, California to work in the shipyards. He returned to Missouri in 1945 to marry his high school sweetheart, Jerry (Geraldine) Prime. They returned to California where their daughter, Dale, was born in 1946. Then they returned to Rockport. Missouri where he started selling Maytag appliances door to door out of the trunk of his car. He began selling cars in Rockport in the late 1940s and in the early 1950s he moved to Tarkio, Missouri to sell cars for 23 years. His wife, Jerry died in 1975 and in 1978 he moved to Boonville to marry Margaret Quinlan Turnbull. When coming to Boonville in 1978 he sold cars for Peters Motors followed by Tom Nick Motors. He retired in 1999 after selling cars at Schlotzhauer Motors for ten years ending a career in sales for over 50 years. During his working years he was known as ""Hoppy"" or Don. He was well known in Atchison County in his younger years for singing and winning solo competitions as well as singing at special occasions, weddings and funerals.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Jerry, his four brothers George, Gaywin (E. G,), Raymond, and Philip and three sisters Vivian Mitchell, Jurine Straub and Mary Willis. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, one daughter and husband, Dale and Jerry Espey of Blue Springs, two grandchildren, Rob Espey and wife Kendra of Lone Jack and Jodi Nafzger and husband Christian of Boise, Idaho and four great grandchildren, Sam and Ruby Espey and Henry and William Nafzger and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
His loving wife, Margaret, visited him twice a day for the three years he was in a care center, except on the days the weather was too bad or because of her illness. In spite of his vascular dementia and brittle diabetes, he always knew her. On his good days, he always thanked his caregivers at Riverdell and Ashley Manor for the many things they did for him. The care given him was much appreciated by his family.
He loved his dogs Sam, Pearl and Mandy that were a special part of his life, especially Pearl who loved to ride with him in his pickup and also loved to take a ride on Sunday afternoon with Hop and Margaret.
Memorials may be made to Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society c/o Davis Funeral Chapel, 1397 Ashley Rd., Boonville, MO 65233.
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1397 W Ashley Rd
Boonville, MO 65233
Published in Boonville Daily News from Sept. 7 to Sept. 14, 2016