Russell Jay Hopkins


Russell Jay Hopkins, 82, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
He was born in Whiting, Iowa, on May 21, 1930, to the late Brian William and Ethel Irene (Waterman) Hopkins.
He was retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service and was also retired from the public schools of Texas. He was a teacher and maintenance man in Kingsville before coming to Yorktown ISD as maintenance director where he retired in 1993. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown and was a 50 year member of the Weston Lodge #562 AF & AM of Whiting, Iowa.
Russell is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy Hopkins; brothers, Delbert Wesley and Justin Elmer Hopkins; and sister, Eva Lavone Tompson.
He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Hopkins Pharr and her husband Ken of Houston and a sister, Lenora Ellis of Whiting, Iowa.
There will be a graveside service at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1.
Memorials may be made to the Yorktown Public Library. 
You are invited to sign the online guestbook at
Arrangements entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel, 212 E. Main Street, Yorktown, Texas, 78164, 361-564-2277.
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