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Obituary for Thomas F. "Dutch" Hopkins
Thomas F. Hopkins died February 13, 2015 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Mont. He was the sixth child of John and Kathryn (Knoll) Hopkins; born March 3, 1926 in Klein, Montana. Tom or "Dutch" to many; enlisted in the Navy during WWII serving in the Pacific aboard the USS Bougainvillea. After the war he returned to Roundup working in the coal mine with his Dad and brothers at the Klein Mine. In 1947 he married Carol Jean Basinger. They made Roundup their home all their married life. He left the coal mine to start Hopkins Plumbing and Heating business in the early 50's. He held his master license until the age of 80 when he retired. Tom was a life time member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict's parish and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 4925. Because of declining health the last few years, he was forced to leave his beloved Roundup. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, four brothers, Wife Carol of 47 years, son John (Kate and Kayla), and grandson Michael Carter. He is survived by his brother Stan (Betty Jo), Washington, brother-in-law Ray Hickey, LA, sister-in-law Florence Wacker, Roundup, MT, daughters Cathy Marquard ,VA, Suzi Carter, Scobey, Mt.; grandchildren Shelle Lanning (Vern), MN, ��Cheryl Galbrecht (Jon), MN, Sheila Stratton (Jeff), VA, Justin Whitmore (Tara), ID, Lisa Wilke (Dan), ID and Nathan Carter (Jamie), ID. There are 17 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild with numerous nieces and nephews. A Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m., March 12, 2015 at Wier Funeral Chapel and a Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., March 13, 2015 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Interment of ashes will be in the family plot at the Roundup Cemetery. The Family wishes any memorials to be made to the Eastern Montana Veterans Home, Glendive, ��Montana.