Jay Lee "Hoppy" Hopkins
July 4, 1923 - December 16, 2013
Jay was born on July 4, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to Charles and Ruth Hopkins. He was the oldest of four children and displayed his sense of fun, for which he would become known, at an early age! He was an Eagle Boy Scout and was active in the Methodist Church.
He served in the Army
during World War 2
from 1943 to 1946 and during the Korean conflict
from 1951 to 1952.
After he returned from the military, Hoppy married Virginia Lee Hutson on April 5, 1947 in Kansas City. They moved to Spokane and both of their children, Janet and David, were raised there. In 1962, the family moved to Pendleton where Hoppy had an electronics business. In 1974, he and Virginia moved to Salem where he worked as a District Representative for Aid Association for Lutherans. He retired in 1986. Throughout his working life and retirement, Hoppy enjoyed fishing, model airplane building, and the giving of his time and skills to assist and support others, always with a smile, friendly joke and sense of fun. His own family, new refugee families, members of his church community, and his friends, neighbors, business associates and clients were recipients of this attention.
Hoppy died peacefully on December 16 surrounded by close family members. He is survived by his wife, children, two granddaughters, Alycia James and Giselle Owens, and by a great-granddaughter, Lily James. He will be missed by family members who were at a distance, particularly Shirley Ault, Pat Perrotti, Jane Van Wagoner, and Tony Owens.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 4663 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305. Charitable donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission or