Richard Ernest Hopkins

Richard Ernest Hopkins

OCEAN PARK - Richard E. "Rich" Hopkins, 66, died July 9, 2005, at his Ocean Park residence. The son of Ernest and Alice (Phillips) Hopkins, he was born Aug. 7, 1938, in Providence, R.I. He grew up in nearly Scituate, R.I., where he received his education, graduating from Providence High School and later Providence College.

Mr. Hopkins served in the U.S. Army from 1959 through 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis. Following his military service, he moved to the West Coast. He worked for the state of Washington as a transport utility inspector. Following retirement 11 years ago, he moved to Ocean Park.

Mr. Hopkins was a member of the Ocean Park Moose, Ocean Park Eagles, Long Beach Elks, Occident Masonic Lodge No. 99 of Ilwaco, Columbia River Power Squadron (past commander), U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary No. 62, Astoria Yacht Club, American Legion Post No. 112 of Astoria, past board member of Ocean Beach Hospital, and he was a board member of the Long Beach Loyalty Days Association.

His favorite pastime was driving the Astoria waterfront trolley with his good buddy Jim Mack. He was also a volunteer for the annual International Kite Festival. He enjoyed his time on the water, loved to travel by car or plane and had visited every state except Hawaii. He appeared as an extra in the movie "Ring Two" recently filmed in Astoria. He literally never knew a stranger and enjoyed a great many friendships.

He and Doris Hutchinson met at the Ocean Park Eagles and were married July 6, 1991. She survives residing at the family home in Ocean Park. Also surviving are daughters Sandy Smith of Spanaway, Barbara Hopkins of Olympia, and Debbie Christen of Troutdale, Ore.; a brother Robert Hopkins of Harlingen, Texas; a sister Shirley Arnold of Spokane; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 16 at the Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 1937. A reception will follow. Memorial donations are suggested to either the Lower Columbia Power Squadron Scholarship Fund or the South Pacific County Humane Society, in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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