Fredrick Wilson Hopkin


(October 23, 2001)

Funeral services were Saturday in the Lovell LDS Church for Fredrick Wilson Hopkin, 84, longtime area resident who died Tuesday, Oct. 23 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

He was born Dec. 1, 1916, in Penrose to Fredrick William and Elizabeth Hopkin. After graduating from Powell High School, he served a mission for the LDS Church. His mission started in England, but due to the start of World War II, he was transferred to Pennsylvania to finish serving.

After returning home, he worked as a dairy farmer. In 1940, he married Dorcas Lea Waltman, described by him as "the prettiest girl I ever met." Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple.

He raised his family in the same home his father had purchased. He served various callings in his church, and in 1973 moved to California and became the caretaker of the Modesto Stake Center. He then moved to Casper before returning to the Lovell-Powell area.

Friends and family will remember him for his love of people and animals.

Survivors include his wife Dorcas; a son, Carl Hopkin and wife Ann of Englewood, Colo.; four daughters, Nancy Smith of Powell, Janet Kobielusz and husband John and Kathleen Pittman and husband Dennis, both of Gillette, and Deborah Keele and husband David of Lovell; two brothers, Harold and Burchell Hopkin of Powell; three sisters, Marian Simian, Faye Smith and Zona Roper, all of Powell; 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial was in the Penrose Cemetery.