|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 2010|
DELAVAN, IL - Stephen Esek Hopkins, 89, of rural Delavan passed away at 7:29 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Timber Creek Rehab and Health Center in Pekin, IL.
He was born Feb. 23, 1921, in rural Delavan to Robert E. and Lennie Lue Giles Hopkins Sr. He married Helen M. Holmes on Aug. 29, 1948, in Delavan and she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Richard (Julie) Hopkins of Green Valley; three daughters, Carrol (John) Lewis and Marie Hopkins, both of Delavan, and Nancy Hopkins of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hopkins was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert E. Hopkins Jr. and Lawrence G. Hopkins; and one sister, Elizabeth Coleman.
Stephen was a member of Delavan Presbyterian Church, where he served as an ordained deacon and elder. He also sang in the church choir for many years.
He served on the board of directors of the Green Valley Co-op and as a trustee for Dillon Township. He was a member of Tazewell County Farm Bureau, Delavan VFW and American Legion Post 382.
He farmed in the Delavan and Green Valley area for most of his life.
Mr. Hopkins served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, American Division. He participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received while fighting at Mindanao. He also served in the Japanese Islands during the occupation. He was honorably discharged with the rank of T-5.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Delavan Presbyterian Church. Pastor David Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Davis Mortuary, Delavan Chapel. Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan, with military honors provided by his legion post.
Memorial contributions may be made to Delavan Presbyterian Church or Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 235, Morton, IL 61550.
Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 6/6/2010
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