Rex Hopkins, 74, of Medina, Texas, and formerly of Mulberry Grove, died at 8:33 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at his son’s home in Texas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Saturday. Memorials: Mulberry Grove Cemetery or donor’s choice.
Mr. Hopkins was born on April 30, 1924, near Pittsburgh in Fayette County, the son of Clifford and Amy Cook Hopkins. He married Dorothea Ann Kuntz on Aug. 27, 1947.
He grew up in the Mulberry Grove area and graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Feb. 19, 1943, and while at Scott Air Force Base, he rose to the rank of sergeant while serving in the radar field. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 19, 1945, at Ft. Sheridan in Illinois. He returned home and graduated from Millikin University in Decatur. He worked at McDonnell-Douglas as an engineer, than later for the federal government in the Federal Aviation Administration for many years, retiring in 1984. He and his wife moved to Connecticut to be near their son, and then moved to Medina, Texas, just two months ago.
He is survived by his wife; children, Kathlyn and her husband Lawrence Auer of Los Alamos, N.M., Stephanie and her husband Peter Jeuck of Hewitt, N.J., Scott J. Hopkins and his wife Debra of Medina, Texas, and Andrew J. Hopkins and his wife Linda of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Amy Jeuck, Genevieve Jeuck and Pamela Hopkins; stepgrandchildren, Graham Showell and Timothy Showell; and siblings, Robert Hopkins of San Diego, Calif., Gerauld Hopkins and his wife Donna of Palm Desert, Calif., Mark Hopkins and his wife Donna of Rolla, Mo., Hope and her husband Robert Coleman of San Diego, Calif., Anthony Hopkins and his wife Pamela of Payson, Ariz., Jesse Hopkins and his wife Earline of Jersey County, Ill., and Linda and her husband John Drake of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Richard, Lloyd, Quentin, David and his twin, Ralph.