Elvin Joseph Hopkins “Doc”, age 92, of Early, IA, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City, IA. Dr. E. J. Hopkins was born February 18, 1923, to Benjamin and Melvina (Reynolds) Hopkins in Storm Lake, IA. Doc grew up with his family on a farm south of Sulfur Springs in Buena Vista County. He attended Sulfur Springs High School and then continued his education at Iowa State College, where he graduated in 1944 earning the Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1945, Doc joined the United States Army and was discharged a year later, earning the rank of Sergeant.
On October 28, 1947, Doc was united in marriage to Dolores Drey at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, IA. They were blessed with five children: Rebecca, Michael, Ann, Molly, and Kate.
Doc, a retired Veterinarian, practiced in Early and the surrounding area for almost 50 years. He was recognized through out the state as an equine specialist because of his knowledge and care of horses.
Doc loved his airplane, and was a licensed pilot. He enjoyed playing and teaching guitar, calling bingo, practicing yoga, and coaching little league when his son Mike played. He was very active within the community and was a lifelong member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, active in the AEA, School Board, Lion’s Club, the American Legion, Commission for Women, and the Sac County Airport Association. Doc was an avid horseman and raised horses and ponies throughout the years. Doc and his daughters traveled statewide showing horses. He also judged many horse shows in the area.
His family meant the world to him and spending time with his grandchildren brought him great joy. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Rebecca (Charles) Benton of Early, IA, Michael (Tam) Hopkins of The Woodlands, TX, Ann (Dan) Nurse of Kansas City, MO, Molly (Bradley) Eddie of Storm Lake, IA, and Kate (Steve) Struchen of Early, IA; sister Julia Clothier of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren: Holly (Zach) Wilson, Janet Benton (Jordan Sheridan), Jessica (John) Withrow, Michael (Mica) Hopkins, John Hopkins, Julia (Justin) Ubbenga, David Nurse, Paul Nurse, Ben Hinners, John Eddie, Sara Eddie, Brady (Lindsay) Struchen, Matt Struchen; nine great-grandchildren; special friend Barbara Broders of Schaller, IA; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Dr. E. J. Hopkins was preceded in death by his parents and wife Dolores Hopkins.