Dale R. Hopkins

Aug. 3, 1960 - April 10, 2009

Dale R. Hopkins of Ottawa died unexpectedly Friday, April 10, 2009, at age 48 years. Dale was born in Waukesha on Aug. 3, 1960, the son of Robert and Audrey Hopkins.

On July 6, 1985, Dale was united in marriage to Laurel Dunlap. From a young age Dale had a passion for farming. Dale carried out this passion by running the Dale-AR Farm in Ottawa. He also enjoyed teaching his kids about the finer arts of farming, watching them show their cows at the Waukesha County Fair and attending their sporting events. Dale was known as a hard worker who liked to stay busy. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his kids, nieces and nephews. Dale will always be remembered for being there for anyone at the drop of a hat.

Dale will be deeply missed by the love of his life, his wife, Laurel of Ottawa; children, Anthony, Ella, Lucas and Sean; parents, Robert and Audrey Hopkins of Oconomowoc; brothers, Lee (Donna) Hopkins of Oconomowoc and Rick (Robin) Hopkins of Waukesha; sister, Ann (Kevin) Condon of Oshkosh; and mother in-law, Luella Dunlap of Waukesha. Dale is further survived by many nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters in-law, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his older brother, Kenneth.

A visitation for Dale will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church, S38-W31602 Highway D, Genesee Depot. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. Mass Wednesday, April 15 at the church (see address above). The Rev. Mark Molling will officiate. Burial will be at Ottawa Cemetery, Ottawa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

The Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit