John B. Hopkins

November 10, 1954 ‒ August 17, 2020


John B. Hopkins, 65, of Delaware passed away Monday afternoon, August 17, 2020 at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus.

He was born November 10, 1954 in Washington Court House, Ohio to Maurice B. Hopkins and Lorraine L. (Kittleson) Hopkins. On November 2, 1985, he married the love of his life Jody Haas.

A printing ink chemist, John was a member of the Marion First Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed model railroading, train watching, reading books, and drinking wine. He also enjoyed talking and getting to know people. When younger, he played in several bands.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Jody; sister, Maryann (Paul) Hartley of Worthington; brother-in-law, Jeff Haas of Delaware; niece, Amanda Hartley of Westerville; great nephew, Aiden Hartley-Jennison of Westerville.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • John was a great friend. Memories of our sleepovers at each other homes alternating weekends. The 12 years we spent in school and the 5 more years at Miami U. Our senior high school year we got to play football Friday night and Saturday morning. We were not great players, our playing was wonderful to us. Saturday was the best, we got to play the whole game. Our freshman year there was only 12-13 of us we could only practice half a line. The left side or right side what fun.

    Today there is a TV car ad with a car full of girls. They are heading out to an open field to set off rockets. I do not know how many times we did that in the field by his home . We were the generation of going to the Moon. That is a wow moment evertime I see it and think of John. For me it is the mystic of his dad working at Wright-Patterson.

    I did not share playing music with him. After college I got to go to a couple of hotel gigs he played at, he was having so much fun on the stage.

    Time seperated us after our youth but he is still close to my heart. My thoughts go out to all of his family.

    • Lee,
      Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m going to print this out and start a memory book for my mom and aunt. I will share this with my mom tomorrow. Thank you again 💕

  • John was a good friend in our youth. Our families lived only a few streets away. I would visit and hang out with John often during our adolescent years. Launching model rockets, flying with him and his dad. John and I were in the Grace Methodist Church Choir together with his mother Kitty as director and Mrs. Hughes as organist, I remember those days, sitting the very back row of the choir box was John, Mike Hughes and myself, mostly not paying much attention.

    We were is scouting together and remember those times well. Even though we lost track of each other in our adult years, I remember him to be a gentle, honest and loyal friend.

    My condolences to his wife and family.

    Dennis Breitigan

  • Lots of love, Jody. I know what John meant to you. May the memories of his love and your life together wrap around you and comfort you.

  • Sorry for your loss. John was ahead of me in school in Washington Court House and at Miami so I didn’t know him well, but well enough to know that he was one of the good guys, and smarter than me! I also remember fondly myself and other kids going to his grandmother’s house on Yeoman Street to watch “The Wizard of Oz” because she had the only color TV. Special times. Rest In Peace John.

    John Nestor
    Washington Court House, Ohio