James Arnold Hopkins II, age 88, went Home to the Lord on April 27, 2022, after losing a short battle to cancer with his loving family by his side.
James was born to James and Margaret Hopkins on January 13, 1934 in Chicago, IL. At age 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served in the Korean War. James was an avid member of the Oneida VFW Post 7784 and was extremely proud to serve his country. He made a point to acknowledge any serviceman that he encountered.
James met his wife, Carole, in March of 1958. After a whirlwind 4 month courtship, they were married on July 26, 1958 in Armstrong Creek, WI. Theirs was a true love story. The love James had for Carole came only second to the love he had for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. James and Carole spent 64 loving years together raising their 4 children on the outskirts of Green Bay, and later moving to Oneida where they would spend the rest of their time together. They loved each other unconditionally, always taking care of each other. They were inseparable, even in James' final hours with Carole laying by his side holding his hand.
In addition to being a loving husband and father, James worked for Fort Howard Paper Company for 23 years. James also started up his own business, Write-On Gloss Label Printing Company. He was the owner and operator for 50 years. James was very proud of his work. His grandchildren remember spending hours helping him collate programs. His business thrived as James had the gift of gab and developed close relationships with many of his customers.
James had an unwavering faith in the Lord and shared His word with all that knew him. The Lord truly shone brightly through James in the way he lived his life, treated people, and loved all. It was the Lord who gave James direction in life and ultimately the template of love for his entire family. His faith was a true gift to all that knew him.
James loved spending time with family, especially at the cabin in Armstrong Creek. He enjoyed cheering on the Chicago Bears, loved good food surrounded by good conversation, and was especially fond of Chicago beef sandwiches, tamales and Chicago-Style hot dogs. He also spent countless hours tinkering in his workshop and always made time for the Lord.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carole; children: Margaret (Ron) Sloan, James III (Rene) Hopkins, Patti Douglas, and Cari (James) Heinke; grandchildren: Kristi, Nicole (Ryan), Sara, James IV, Heather, Sam (Toni), Ashley, Arica (Bill), Alex, Amber (Adam), Scotty (Melissa), Courtney (Scott/Bonch), Brady, Owen, and Isabella; great-grandchildren: Griffin, Evan, Jackson, Evalyn, Sully, Lennon, Brooks, Ruby, Beck, Grey, Jake, Oliver, Caitlin, Benjamin, JJ (James V), Olivia, and Finlen.
James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret Hopkins; in-laws: Frank and Ann Kowalkowski, his great-granddaughter, Aubrey Hopkins; his sister, Jeanine (Mike) Tartaglia; and brothers-in-law: Harvey Lencioni, Art Lockwood, Adolph Kowalkowski, Eddie Kowalkowski, and Gene Baumgartner.
A visitation for James will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Green Bay Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1414 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54303. The visitation will be held from 9:00am-11:00am with a service to follow. Military honors will be provided by Oneida VFW Post 7784.
Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to Jim's family at www.muehlboettcher.com