Richard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins, age 90, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019.  He was a lifelong resident of Gaylord.

Richard was born in Flint, Michigan, the son of Paul and Leota (Angus) Hopkins.  They later moved to Otsego Lake, Michigan, where he attended Frederic and Gaylord High Schools.

A World War II Veteran, he served his country honorably in the Navy from 1946 to 1950.  Richard was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling, snowmobiling, and playing horseshoes.

He married the former Louise Dowker, and they had two children Beverly, and Diana Kay.

Richard was employed at the Royal Linen service for many years, then he owned and operated the Angus-Hopkins grocery store at Otsego Lake for 20 years.  Later he worked at HillTop 76 until his retirement in 1992.

Richard was a loving father to Beverly (Paul) Maddox, and Diana Kay (John).  His pride and joy were his grandchildren April (Dave) Moore, Amy (Curt) Barnes, Richard, and Matthew Maddox; great-grandchildren Danielle, Dante, Rebekah, Veronica, Ronnie, Miranda, Jenna, Amy, Kendall, Lucas, and Matthew; great-great-grandchildren Colson and Harper.

He is also survived by his wife Louise, his brothers Gerald (Jackie) of Byron Center, Michigan, Lester (Ida) Hauch of Coloma, Michigan and Harrison (Kathy) of Swartz Creek, Michigan; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother James.

His wishes were to be cremated and for his ashes to be laid to rest at the Otsego Lake Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you say a prayer for Richard.

Arrangements entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service.


  1. Pamella Burzynski Bordner November 27, 2019 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Louis, Beverly, Kay and Family Please accept our Deepest Sympathy. Dick will ALWAYS be Special to Us. RIP Dear Friend until we Meet again!!!

  2. Linda Wiseley November 28, 2019 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Mrs Hopkins, Bev, Diana and families. I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Hopkins passing. His name brings back so many wonderful memories of the grocery store and our dads hunting escapades together. Please know you are in my prayers. May flights of Angels sing him to his rest.

  3. Katherine Henderson November 30, 2019 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Mrs. Hopkins, Bev and Kay, we extend our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. He was such a wonderful man; quiet in his own way (that’s where you get the shyness from Kay) but interesting to talk to. Love and prayers for all of you, always.

  4. Katherine Henderson November 30, 2019 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Mrs. Hopkins, Bev and Kay we have known you a lifetime and would like to extend out condolences for your loss. All of you are in our prayers. Hugs and love to all of you.

  5. Katherine Henderson November 30, 2019 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Hopkins, Bev and Kay, I am so sorry for your great loss. We will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts. With love always

  6. Gary and Jean Galbraith November 30, 2019 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Mrs. Hopkins, Bev, and Kay.

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