Arthur S. Hopkins
Oct. 28, 1919 ó Oct. 15, 2015
Arthur Stanford Hopkins passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 95 on Oct. 15, 2015.
He was born Oct. 28, 1919, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to the late Louis Allen and Ora Hopkins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bernice E. (died Sept. 20, 2015); brother, Louis Allen, Jr., and grandsons Shane Stratton and Pericles Flessas. He is survived by his children Kerry Stratton, Arthur S. Hopkins, Jr. (wife, ChuCha), and Susan Neuhofer (husband, Rob). He is also survived by four grandchildren: Vincent Stratton, Dawn Stratton Hobbs (husband, Billy Bob), Hee-Jeong (Jennifer) Hopkins Queen (husband, Patrick), and Seong-Cheol (Charlie) Hopkins (wife, Karolina); and five great-grandchildren: Patience and Paxton Hobbs, Nevaeh Stratton (mother Kari Lynn), Pyren and Harmon Queen; two step-grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Neuhofer, and two nieces, Linda Hohnberger Birchell (husband, David) and Debbie Hohnberger.
Art, as he is known to friends and family, was a lifelong, die-hard Michigan Wolverine. His father taught at the University of Michigan (UM), where he attended high school and college. After college he served in the U.S. Army during World War II (Europe), most notably at the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning, he worked as a labor relations manager for a manufacturing company in Menominee, Mich., where he met and married Bernice Elizabeth Hohnberger, the love of his life, in 1954. In 1957, they moved to Sussex, where he worked for Oster Manufacturing in Milwaukee as the vice president for Labor Relations and they raised three children. Art was a strong and active supporter of Bís art activities, often helping to frame her finished paintings. After their move to Panama City, Fla., in 1984, they both worked in restoring the building that houses the Visual Arts Center of NW Florida and serving on its board. They were both also active in the Panama City Beach Optimist Club.
Art was an athlete, having played a year of tennis at UM, until injuring his knee, and continuing to play tennis, table tennis, and especially golf well into his 60s. He won several trophies for company table tennis and golf outings and played on a weekly basis at local courses. His love for athletics was passed to his children, if not in being as proficient as he, at least trying to be as active and having a passion for supporting their favorite teams, especially football. Art also had a passion for playing bridge, participating in bridge clubs on a weekly basis, working the hands in the newspaper and then online. He also became something of a Civil War history buff in the last 35 years of his life, reading profusely on the subject.
Art and B traveled across the country, to Canada, Europe, South Korea, Hawaii, Hong Kong and even a brief trip into the Peopleís Republic of China. Art was a wonderful, loving husband and father who instilled good, core values in his children, and to always try to do the right thing. Art will be greatly missed and loved forever.
A memorial service for both Art & B was held on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Faith Springs Presbyterian Church in Pewaukee. For those wishing to honor Artís memory, we ask that donations be made in his name to: Faith Springs Presbyterian Church USA of Pewaukee, or the UM Athletic Department (GO BLUE!).