Billy Dean Hopping

Born: Sun., Jul. 17, 1938
Died: Fri., May 10, 2019


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., May 16, 2019
Location: First Baptist Church ~ Hamburg

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., May 16, 2019
Location: First Baptist Church ~ Hamburg

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Billy D. Hopping, 80, passed away May 10, 2019.  He was born on July 17, 1938, at home near Fairfax, Missouri, to Everett Dean and Mattie Belle (Anderson) Hopping.

He attended country school prior to moving to Hamburg with his family and graduated from Hamburg High School with the Class of 1956.  He attended Tarkio College for one year.  

In 1958, he married Anita Joyce Scott at the Hamburg Baptist Church.  Three children were born to this union:  Janet, Melinda, and Mark.

Bill loved and cherished his relationships with his family and friends.  He was always proud of being from Hamburg.  He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and working on cars.  He loved vacationing in the mountains of Colorado and enjoyed talking and visiting with people and made friends wherever he would go.   He worked hard his whole life - at Interstate Nurseries, Hamburg Hatchery, Morton House Kitchens, Gangel Oil Company, and also owned and operated a full-service Phillips 66 Station in Hamburg.  He helped pour the footings for the foundation of the construction of Grape Community Hospital, worked at Missouri Beef in Phelps City, MO, for many years, for Mount Arbor Nurseries in Shenandoah and worked for Andrews Monument in Nebraska City.  

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Hamburg; his children Melinda (Jim) Simonsen of Norfolk, Nebraska, and Mark (Susan) Hopping of Council Bluffs; his grandchildren Tyler Hopping, Katie Hopping, Bruce (Kamea) Simonsen; his great grandchild Pyper Simonsen; his sister Betty (Duane) Dooley of Olathe, Kansas; his nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He treasured them all!

Preceding him in death were his parents, his sister, Doris Roof of Thurman, and his infant daughter, Janet.

Burial will be at Hamburg Cemetery.

Memorials to be directed to the family.

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Jayne Petersen
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
My Dearest cousin Bill, I’m gonna miss coming to visit you. RIP till we meet again. Will always remember your stories about Daddy and Momma. Love always and forever, Jayne Ellen Petersen

Jayne Petersen
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Jayne Petersen.

Will never forget you, Love You Deeply. Cousin Jayne and Tab and family

Cindy Chambers
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
I will miss my Uncle Bill. He was the great storyteller of our family's history. I feel blessed to have I got to hear those stories and lucky that I tried to write some of them down so his stories can live on.

Cindy Dooley Chambers

Lee Dooley
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019


Betty and Duane Dooley. We will miss you.

Robert Bruce
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
I've known Bill most of my life. I especially remember when he owned the gas station and we worked together at MBP in Phelps City, He on the Kill Floor and I worked on the Fab Floor. He was always good for a joke or just bust out laughing when you passed him because you knew he was thinking of some kind of trouble to get into. Great guy and will be missed.

Jim Roup
   Posted Wed May 15, 2019
I grew up just a couple of blocks north of the gas station that Bill managed. As kids, my brother Randy and I would ride our bicycles to the Station and hang out. Bill would buy us each a bottle of pop, and fix the tires on our bikes. He made a lasting impression. May God Bless.

Sharon Rogers
   Posted Wed May 15, 2019
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. His sister Betty and I were best friends in high school.

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