LADDONIA-Services for N. Burton Hopke, 92, of Laddonia, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Laddonia Christian Church with Reverend Jeff Kruger officiating. Burial took place in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vandalia.
Visitation was held on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home.
Mr. Hopke passed away at 2:54 p.m. December 12, 2014 at Audrain Medical Center, Mexico.
He was born August 10, 1922 in Marling, the son of Edward, Sr. and Ona Stroker Hopke.
He was married to Wilma Louise Nolan on December 28, 1947 in Laddonia and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Dennis (Diane) Hopke, of Linn, and Daryl (Debbie) Hopke, of Vandalia; one daughter, Debra Hopke, of Laddonia; one brother, Lyndell Hopke, of Vandalia; four grandchildren, Suzanne (James) Barber, of Jefferson City, Scott (Rebecca) Hopke, of Blue Springs, Erica (Tyler) Fennewald, of Pflugerville, Texas, and Allison Hopke of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Page and Kaden Barber, of Jefferson City.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Hopke, Jr., Wilford Hopke, and J.W. Hopke.
Mr. Hopke was a lifetime area resident, farmer and member of the Laddonia Christian Church. He was a 1940 graduate of Middletown High School. He served in the US Army during W.W.II from November 4, 1942 until December 16, 1945 and attained the rank of Sgt.
He worked as a lift truck operator at Harbison Walker Refractories. Community was very important to him and he served in many ways: by being very active in the Laddonia Christian Church; a 16 year Community R-6 School Board member; on the Laddonia Athletic Association for many years working on the 4th of July celebrations as well as coaching softball and baseball; a member of the Laddonia American Legion Post; member of the Laddonia Fire Association and volunteer fireman; served as the Laddonia-Farber Special Road District Commissioner for over 12 years; former member of the Laddonia Masonic Lodge; and was instrumental in bringing Laddonia Leisure Manor to town and then served as the caretaker for many years.
He treasured being with his family and friends.
Pallbearers were David Hopke, Dale Hopke, Dan Hopke, Dwayne Hopke, Jim Hopke, and Greg Stuart. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Remley, Jake Freyer, Charlie Bigelow, Vee Vorhis, Bobby Evans, and Gary Nolan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Laddonia Christian Church, Evergreen Memorial Gardens, or Shiloh Christian Children’s Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhome.com.