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Wayne Ferguson Hopkins

Wayne F. Hopkins, 85, passed away May 19, 2008, at his home in Grand Junction with his loving daughter by his side.

Wayne was born April 11, 1923, in Cardiff, to Charles L. and Elsie J.

Ferguson-Hopkins. He spent his childhood in Spring Valley.

Wayne married the love of his life, Winifred L. Roberts, Oct. 20, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash. Five children were born from this loving union.

Wayne was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1943 during World War II. He trained in Australia and served in New Guinea with the 21st Regimental Combat Team in the 6th Infantry Division in the Philippines.

After the war and during the 1950s, Wayne served as a recruiting officer on the Western Slope, and later served during the Korean War. He spent three years in Okinawa, Japan, and three years in Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, in various military capacities.

Wayne retired as a 1st Sergeant E-8 of Signal School Headquarters and Headquarters Company in 1974, ending 20 years of service with the U. S. Army.

After retiring from the military, the family moved to Grand Junction, where he owned and operated three Texaco Stations, and later was a postal clerk. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and Mesa Wranglers Horse Club.

His special interests were raising and training Arabian horses, woodworking, cane making, arrowhead hunting, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his wife and children.

Wayne will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and friend; a hard-working man who believed in the virtues of originality and integrity.

Survivors include sons Wyland W. (Jean) Hopkins of Hazel Green, Ala., Melvin A. (Linda) Hopkins of Dunedin, Fla., Rodger C. (Joan) Hopkins of Maple Valley, Wash., and Adam E. (Rachel) Hopkins of Sparks, Nev.; daughter Terry Hopkins of Grand Junction; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years; brother Jack; and sisters Lillian and Wanda.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Martin Mortuary, with the Reverend Stanley Thompson officiating.

Interment will take place at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado at a later date.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Martin Mortuary.

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