Fred Hopkins (1942 - 2014)

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Lifelong Juneau resident Fred Hopkins, 71, died March 22, 2014 at home with family in West Juneau after an illness. He was born in Juneau on May 15, 1942, and grew up in Juneau and Hawk Inlet. As a child, he was taught traditional Tlingit culture and subsistence methods by his grandparents, Sam and Sally Hopkins – knowledge he continued to use throughout his life. He attended high school in Juneau and Douglas and served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. He enjoyed outdoor activities in Southeast Alaska, especially working on his boat, hunting, fishing, and harvesting traditional Tlingit foods. He also loved watching various sports on television. He also enjoyed the company of many friends made during a lifetime as an Alaskan, who knew him as "Big Fred." For the last 15 years of his life, his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them, and watching them grow.
He is survived by his wife, Marietta Hopkins, daughter Sally Kasnick (Tion), sons Russell King and Fred E. Hopkins, and grandchildren Danelle, Frederick, and Nicholas Kasnick, stepfather Oscar Olsen, brothers Ole Olsen (Pat) and Erling Olsen (Sharon), cousin George Williams, and many other cousins. Nephew Ole P. Olsen and nieces Lexi Hills and Aundra Murdoch and their families, the Kokotovich family of Juneau. He also leaves behind, his special hunting and fishing partners, Jason Murdoch, friends Ben and Charly Musielak, and Luke Musielak and close friend Albert Kookesh. He was preceded in death by mother Emma Olsen, and and brother Eric Olsen.
A celebration of life for Fred will be held at the Twisted Fish restaurant in Juneau starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014
Published in The Juneau Empire on Mar. 26, 2014
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