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Raymond G. Hopkins Raymond George Hopkins, known to most as “Ray”, was born on October 11, 1924, in Oshkosh, WI, the son of Raymond and Lydia (Ternes) Hopkins. He was baptized on November 9, 1924 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Neenah, WI and in 1937 his parents transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Neenah so that Raymond could be confirmed there on April 2, 1939. Ray attended Neenah High School and graduated on June 9, 1943. Two weeks later, on June 23rd, he enlisted in the Army. The rigors of basic training did not bother him since he was used to walking, having walked many miles to and from both grade school and high school. After being stationed at Fort Riley, KS, Camp Chaffee, AR, and Camp Forest, TN, Ray was finally shipped overseas on August 14, 1945, the day before the Japanese announced their surrender. He arrived on the island of Okinawa in Japan on August 27, 1945 and spent an uneventful six months there prior to returning home and being discharged on March 14, 1946. In April, 1948 Ray entered the Milwaukee School of Engineering, earning a certificate as an Electro-Technician. He spent most of his working years designing and testing electrical transformers at employers located in Oshkosh, Milwaukee and Lake Geneva. Ray finally retired from Badger Magnetics in 2013 after nine years of part time work. Ray was 62 years old when he met the light of his life, Bernice “Bunny” (nee Jaeckel Wendorf). They married on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1987 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Their wedding party included Ray’s half-brother and Bunny’s two sons, their wives and her six grandchildren. This was just the beginning of Ray’s new life, having married into a ready-made family of three generations. Prior to his marriage, in his adult life Raymond was a member at Lutheran Memorial Chapel in Shorewood, WI and Sherman Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. He ushered at various churches and was a trustee at both Sherman Park Lutheran Church and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. In 1996 Ray and Bunny moved to Greenfield, WI and joined Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. They transferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brown Deer, WI when they moved into an Independent Living apartment at Trinity Village in Milwaukee, WI in 2011. Together, they faithfully participated in worship, Bible study and St. Paul’s senior events. When Ray spoke in the Saturday morning Bible class, he always had something worthwhile and important to say. While living at Trinity he and Bunny were involved in a variety of activities and enjoyed many outings - attending concerts and shows, visiting new places and making new friends. Ray enjoyed music, played his electric piano as long as his sight would permit and especially enjoyed visits from step-great-granddaughters Lauren and Brooke Marquardt who played the piano and step-great-granddaughter Rachel Hauser who played the violin for him and Grandma Hopkins. As Ray’s health declined he and Bunny moved into an Assisted Living apartment at the renamed Bria of Trinity Village. Ray transferred into the nursing home in August of 2017 and he entered Horizon Hospice care at the end of 2017. Raymond died peacefully on January 9, 2018 at the age of 93 years, 2 months and 29 days. Ray was preceded in death by his parents - Raymond and Lydia and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years - Bernice “Bunny” (nee Jaeckel Wendorf) Hopkins. He is also survived by his half-brother, John (Shirley) Hopkins, Appleton, WI, nieces Katie (Cory) Freeman, Appleton, and Sara Erickson, Appleton and children, Jonathan, Mason and Kaia Erickson. Also survived by stepsons by marriage John (Sue) Jaeckel, Menomonee Falls, WI, step-granddaughters Anne (Jonathan) Hauser, Aurora, IL, and Julie (Chris) Marquardt, Savage, MN and step-great-granddaughters Lauren and Brooke Marquardt and Rachel and Rebekah Hauser; and the late Carl (Jan) Jaeckel, Waunakee, WI, step-grandsons David, Beloit, WI, Steven (Lauren), Prairie du Sac, WI, Bryan (Jill), River Falls, WI and Erik, Waunakee and step-great-grandchildren Benjamin and Abigail, River Falls. Further survived by close cousins Carol Schmitz and family, Waupun, WI; Jean and David Goodall from Australia; Kathleen Achteberg’ Oshkosh, WI; Eunice Pucker, Neenah, WI and other relatives and friends. Raymond will be buried at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield, WI to await the day of Jesus return. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord.” +Blessed be the memory of Raymond George Hopkins+ IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE DIRECT MEMORIALS TO ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH.

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