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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Lloyd Hopkins

1928 - 2021

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Lloyd Wilmot Hopkins, Jr. Lloyd Wilmot “ Hoppy” Hopkins, Jr., 93, of Oley, died April 27, 2021. Born March 17, 1928, in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Lloyd Wilmot Hopkins, Sr. and Leila H. (Finch) Hopkins. The family moved to Wyomissing, PA in June 1940. Lloyd was a 1945 graduate of Wyomissing High School. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, served his country in the Army and graduated from Penn State University in 1951, in Commerce and Finance, majoring in insurance. While at Penn State he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Hoppy is the widower of the love of his life Phoebe Lorah (Bertolet) Hopkins, who died May 12, 2018. They married September 1, 1956. The Hopkins enjoyed country life at Bertolet Grist Mill Farm in Oley where they raised cheviot sheep, border collies and children. Hoppy pursued his insurance career with Purcell-Curry Agency, General Agents for Aetna Life Insurance Company. After 35 years with Aetna, he became associated with the Eugene R. Curry, Jr. Agency as an independent producer, retiring in 1995. Hoppy received his Chartered Life Underwriters Designation. Hoppy was social with a wry sense of humor and quick wit. He joined and provided leadership to many local civic and community organizations: Member and Committee Chairman of Reading Junior Chamber of Commerce, President of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Alumni Association 1955-56, President of Oley Lions Club 1964-65, President of Reading Association of Life Underwriters 1964-65, President of Berks County Association of Chartered Life Underwriters 1966-67, Chartered Member of Berks County Estate Council, Member and Manager for the Oley Valley Little League Baseball 1970-72, Oley Valley Planning Commission 1968-2012 (Chairman 2002-2003), Member of Reading Area Transportation Study 2003, Co-Chairman of the Pleasantville Covered Bridge Restoration Committee 2002-04, Board Member Oley Valley Education Foundation 2000-2005, Member of Oley Valley Business Association, and Charter Member of Berks Agriculture Resource Network. Hoppy also enjoyed membership and supported local environmental organizations, historical societies, and the library. He was a member of Hammer and Tongs. Hoppy was an avid sports fan. He especially followed Penn State and The Giants, both football and baseball. Willie Mays was his favorite player. He coached his son’s Little League Tigers. Fishing trips took him to seek bass in the Rideau Lakes in Canada, fly fish for trout in Montana, Alberta, Canada, and the Tulpehocken Creek, sports fish in the keys, surf fish at Barnegat Light, NJ and sunfish in his Oley pond. The spirit of adventure called to him at age 15, when he and buddy Don Walter hitchhiked across the country to visit distant cousins. He and Phoebe experienced elder hostel vacations to Ecuador, Costa Rico, Prince Edward Island and England. At age 90 Hoppy and daughter Jenny travelled the hill and dale of Ireland. He is survived by a son, Charles B. Hopkins of Missoula, Montana, and daughters Lorah P. Hopkins of Oley and Jennifer F., wife of Robert Roesch of Easton. Other survivors include granddaughter Ember Louise Hopkins-Doherty, her mother Erin Doherty, Missoula; sister-in-law Beulah “Boots” Fehr of Alsace Township, cousins, nieces and nephews. Sister Margaret H. Rapp and granddaughter Rowan Apple Hopkins-Doherty predeceased Hoppy. Burial will be private in Bertolet Cemetery, Oley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oley Valley Heritage Association, PO Box 401, Oley, PA 19547 or the Oley Valley Community Library, 339 Main Street, Oley, PA 19547. Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Oley is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.StitzelFamilyFuneralHomes.com

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kristen hartzell

May 18, 2021 6:44 PM

My thoughts are with Jenny, Charlie and Lorah. Sending you all love and light.

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