Charles A. “Hoppy” Hopkins

March 03, 1946 ‒ February 13, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

My husband, my best friend, my advisor and the love of my life, Chuck Hopkins faded peacefully from this world on Thursday, February 13th, 2020, after a brief illness.  As was his wish, he was surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born March 3, 1946 in Marion to Charles & Florence (Niles) Hopkins the eldest of seven children. Hoppy graduated from River Valley High School in Marion in 1964.  He attended The Ohio State University. He was a gifted athlete, excelling in football, basketball, track and baseball; he later coached many of his son’s teams.  Hoppy also proudly served in the United States Army as an Operating Room Tech during the Vietnam War.

Hoppy had a very difficult childhood.  He used that experience to build a great life for his family.  Over the years, his love and leadership helped form the lives and personalities of all he loved.  Hoppy enjoyed antiquing, fishing, spending time at his cottage at Lake Erie, and following Ohio State sports.

Hoppy taught himself to do many things in his lifetime, including: wood working, electric, roofing, carpentry, plumbing, and designing.  He used all of these skills to build his own home.  Hoppy passed much of his knowledge and skill to our son Ben, whose final tribute to his father was to work beside him.

Throughout his life Hoppy typically worked 2 jobs.  He worked at Therm-O-Disc, CCX, Warren Rupp, Regal Ware, and Pioneer in Willard.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where he and Norma were married in 1973.

Chuck “Hoppy”  is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma Jean Haley Hopkins.  Son, Benjamin C. Hopkins (Amanda).  Grandchildren, Ty and Gracie Hopkins, Haley, Brennan and Jordan.  2 Brothers, Ted (Cheryl) Hopkins and Albie (Betty) Beringer.  2 Sister in Laws: Theresa (Richard) Duffey, and Dr. Julie (Dr. Michael) Thomas.  3 Brother in Laws: Thomas (Roxanne) Haley, Stephen (Karen) Haley, and David (Debbie) Haley.  Numerous nieces and nephews whose lives he helped shape. Special cousins Cathy Krist, Teresa Rollison, and Philip Rollison.

Hoppy was preceded in death by his father, Charles A Hopkins Sr., and mother Florence Niles Hopkins. Step mother Edna Hopkins, Father-in-law and mother-in-law Anna & Charles Haley. Brother, Pat Hopkins.  Sisters, Jean Hopkins, Linda Hopkins, and Diane Rowland. Sisters-in-law Karen Sue Haley, and Mary Beth Brock; and an aunt Annie Rollison.

Hoppy was an extremely proud veteran and patriot.  In lieu of flowers please honor Hoppy by considering a donation in his name to aide veterans to The Gary Sinise Foundation (PO Box 368 · Woodland Hills, CA · 91365)

His family will receive friends 3-7 pm Friday, Feb 21, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road in Bellville) where a vigil will begin at 7pm. If you are a fan of OSU, like Hoppy, please come in your scarlet and gray.  A Memorial Mass will be held 10 am Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (104 West First Street in Mansfield) celebrated by Father Austin Ammanniti with military honors to follow at the church. His family wishes to acknowledge the gift Chuck gave by donating his body to his alma mater, The Ohio State University medical program.

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  • My special memory of my Uncle Hoppy was basketball. I had difficulty with my behavior because i was acting out from childhood abuse. I think he knew and i think he did all he could to give me special attention to let me know, i was loved. I will never forget how my Aunt Norma and Uncle Hoppy took me in and let me stay with them during one of my troubled times. I love you and will never ever forget how special our time was during my childhood. – Swishing Trish


  • Hoppy was a huge positive influence for me growing up on the farm. He was the Best Man at my wedding, always cracking a joke, didn’t take any crap from anyone and was a truly a Man’s Man! We’ll love you forever!!

  • Norma and Ben,

    Joe and I are deeply saddened by Hoppy’s passing. You have our sincere sympathy. We have so many wonderful memories of Hoppy, and all of us, at the boy’s football games and beyond. Praying for God to give you both additional strength during this very difficult time. Love to both of you. Joe and Sally Parr

  • I was so saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. We worked together at Warren Rupp. Such a great man and hard worker. He talked of how much he loved his wife and would tell you that she was his best friend. He will be missed by all. My deepest condolences to his wife and family. Rest peacefully my friend 🙏

  • Dear Mrs. Hopkins, I know the heart pain you now have. Please accept my condolences and know I will say a prayer for you and your family today.

  • Wishing your family peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. My Sincere Sympathy

  • Mrs. Hopkins , Please accept my condolences at this very difficult time. Chuck was a good man and will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • My grandmother was Helen Hopkins her daughter, my mom, was Clara. I idolized Chuck Hopkins when I was a kid. We were not raised close but I knew him. He was an outstanding athlete at Marion River Valley High School. I remember him umpiring a game of baseball I played in at Waldo. I watched him play football, basketball and saw him run track. He became one of my good role models. I wanted to be like him. May GOD be with his family during this time of grief.

  • Chuck an I worked at Warren Rupp side by side He was a great guy to work with an talked highly about Norma Jean He will be missed . Talked about the Duffer too !

  • Dear Norma and the rest of the family. When Mom and I moved in up the Street from you two, Hoppy knocked on our door and had a strawberry sliced dessert for us. I know you made it Norma and it was so generous for you two to go out of your way and do that. Then Hoppy would dodge our big fat squirrels . He would go out of his way to say hi to us every day we were outside. Always would mow the yard when I had knee surgery. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Hoppy was an amazing friend and neighbor. You both were. I sure will miss his big smile. So, so sorry for your loss.

  • Norma, I can only imagine your sorrow and our prayers are with you. Hop and I were like brothers in our childhood and I am sorry we lost touch,I am so thankful I was able to speak with him before he past. I was blessed to have known him and Hoppy was blessed to have shared his life with you. May God be with you and your family.
    Dick and Vickie Johnston

  • Norma, extending my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family! And sad to hear of the death of your husband! But nice to hear that it was a peaceful passing. Prayers for you, during this time. I am out of state or I would try to have made it to the funeral.
    Love, Sharon Izzi
    high school friend

  • Norma, Roger and I are so very sorry for your loss. It was such a pleasure to work with Chuck and he was such a friend to us both. He will be missed deeply.

  • Norma, Chuck and I knew each other years ago. We had many things in common and spent times hashing things over. Chuck was friendly, honest, had common sense, cared about people, and was easy to talk with. Please accept my condolences.