Melvin Erwin "Hop" Hopkins, 85, Ponca City, Oklahoma, passed away at his home after a long battle with cancer on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Hop was born on Nov. 3, 1931, to Melvin and Ida Hopkins in West Plains, Missouri. His family relocated to Lyons, Kansas, where he graduated from Lyons High school and subsequently attended the University of Oklahoma. He was married to the love of his life, Jane Gregg Hopkins for over 65 years. In 1952, Hop joined the Navy Reserve and became a part of the Seabee's, the Navy construction crew.
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He spent his whole life in and around the Pipeline industry working for and with Continental Pipeline for over 50 years. During his tenure with Continental pipeline he moved over 24 times and lived in Seventeen 17 states holding various positions from Pipeliner to Manager of Oil Movements and subsequently retired in 1985 as Manager, Contracts, Crude Oil Supply & Trading North America. Hop loved the mountains and fishing and in 1985 he relocated to Bozeman, Montana, where he built his dream home next to the Bridger Bowl Ski area. He later formed his own pipeline inspection company, CPLEX Associates and continued to work in the pipeline industry up until his death.
Hop is survived by his wife, Jane Hopkins; son, Pat Hopkins and his wife Laura; three grandchildren, Ashley Adams and her husband Relo; Ryan Hopkins and J.T. Hopkins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Ida Hopkins; sister, Pauline Sparks and his son, Michael E. Hopkins.
A private family service was held by the family.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 10, 2016