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OBIT: Alvin L. Hopkes

Alvin passed away at the Titonka Care Center on January 1, 2023.

A private family service will be held.

On April 18, 1928, Alvin LeRoy Hopkes, son of Ben and Hilka (Miller) Hopkes was born on a farmstead near Ramsey Reformed Church, Titonka IA, where he lived his entire life until entering the Titonka Care Center in February 2022. He attended grade school at German #5 schoolhouse on the corner north of his home.

Alvin was a kindhearted man to everyone, and could talk to anybody, He showed a special concern and love for animals and was especially fond of his kitties, most recently Puddy. As a lifelong farmer, he loved everything about it. It was a joy to him, not an occupation. He was a John Deere enthusiast and had enjoyed fishing and playing horseshoes through the years.

He was a lifelong baptized member of Ramsey Reformed Church. Throughout the years he enjoyed singing tenor in men’s and mixed quartets, the Easter Cantata, and the adult choir of which he was a member for 70 years.

On September 15, 1949, Alvin was wed to Ruby Virginia Heifner at her parent’s home south of Buffalo Center. They met when she was teaching at the same schoolhouse he had attended. They had three daughters and farmed together their entire married life on his family’s Century Farm.

Alvin passed away at the Titonka Care Center on January 1, 2023.

He is survived by his two daughters: Beverly (Joe) Darr of Polk City, and Linda (Gary) Uken of Titonka; his son-in-law, Jim Thomsen of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren: Laura (Ben) Schulte of Amana, Brian Thomsen of Cedar Rapids, Emily (Reed) McCullough of Fort Dodge, Benjamin Darr of Dubuque, Holly (Jarred) Adams of Des Moines, Andrea (Josh) Smit of Lake Crystal MN, and Allison (Casey) Buns of Davenport. Eight great-grandchildren: Austin, Renee and Claire Schulte, Eliza McCullough, Neal and Miles Darr, and Brenden and Lauren Smit. Brothers- and Sisters-in-law Virgil Heifner of Elko MN, Myrtle Heifner of Fairmont MN, Marilyn Heifner of Lone Rock, Cecil and Gertrude Heifner of Belmond, and many friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brothers, Raymond and Vernon, his wife Ruby (2006), daughter Marilyn Thomsen (2005), stillborn grandson, Clinton Darr (1978), Brothers- and Sisters-in-law Jerald and Ardis Heifner, Carrol and Fonda Heifner, Louise Heifner, and Robert Heifner.

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