Robert ‘Bob’ James Hopkins
Aug. 7, 1932 — April 24, 2016
Lifelong dairy farmer Robert “Bob” James Hopkins of Ottawa passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at AngelsGrace Hospice at age 83. He was born in Waukesha on August 7, 1932, the son of John and Ella (nee Schmidt) Hopkins.
Bob was a 1950 graduate of Waukesha High School. On August 29, 1953, he married Audrey Thoss at Grace Lutheran Church in Waukesha. Bob was a fourth-generation dairy farmer and spent his entire life on the home farm. He was a volunteer with the Waukesha County Fair and, along with his wife, was proud to serve as the Waukesha County Fair marshal in 2010. He was a member of the Waukesha County Holstein Breeders, the Tri-State Breeders Association, the Waukesha County Farm Bureau and the Waukesha County Dairy Promotion Committee. Bob was a lifetime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wales.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Audrey Hopkins of Ottawa; their children, Lee (Donna) Hopkins of Ottawa, Rick (Robin) Hopkins of Wales and Ann (Kevin) Condon of Oshkosh; and his daughter-in-law Laurel Hopkins of Waukesha. He was the cherished grandfather of Matthew (Kristina) Hopkins, Kurt Hopkins, Tony (Allison) Hopkins, Ella, Luke and Sean Hopkins, Amanda (Jared) Beauchamp, Megan Hopkins and Erin, David and Nathan Condon and great-grandfather of Lily, Aubrey, Jacob and another on the way. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Kenneth; son Dale Hopkins; his brother Edward Hopkins; and sisters Eleanor Hopkins and Evelyn Burrie.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 470 N. Oak Crest Drive. Wales, WI 53183. A private burial for the family will follow at Ottawa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to AngelsGrace Hospice, N74W35908 Servants’ Way, Oconomowoc, WI 53066; to the Patient Access Network Foundation, 1331 F St. NW, Suite 975, Washington, D.C. 20004; or to the family.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.randledable.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.