Ray K. Hopkins, 93

Ray K. Hopkins, 93, of Peru, passed away at 2:58 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor East, Wabash.

He was born March 29, 1928 in Huntington, to Marion (Frank) and Mildred Bolinger Hopkins. Ray married Carolyn J. Binkerd on Nov. 12, 1950, in the St. James United Brethren Church in Peru and she survives.

Ray graduated from Butler Township School in 1946 and the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Industrial Training Institute in Chicago in 1948. He was a true American Patriot serving God, country and his family in the U.S. Army.
Ray worked for Sears Roebuck & Co in Wabash and Peru for 24 years as a salesman and was a farmer. He was a Butler Township Trustee and Assessor for six years and Miami County Commissioner for 12 years.

Ray was an active member of Richvalley United Methodist Church since 1952 and Gideon International since 1979. He was a member of Farm Bureau and a charter member of Richvalley Lions Club. Ray served on the Miami County 4-H Fair Board in the 1970s and served on the Indiana Regional V Quabache Planning Commission.

Ray was on the Mississinewa Resource Development Association. Ray organized the first Boy Scout Troop in Richvalley, serving as Scoutmaster in the 1950s.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Joyce Cardwell, Betty Flora and brother Marion (Bob) Hopkins and son Michael Ray Hopkins. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and daughter Vickie (Randy) Thrush of Wabash and grandchildren Sheryl (Matt) Hodson of Wabash, Serena (Jonathan) Acker of Westfield and David (Katie) Thrush of McCordsville, great grandchildren Anna Hodson, Nathaniel Hodson, Aria Thrush, Emery Thrush and Gavin Acker and sisters Lucille Shepler and Sandra (James) Surface.

A service celebrating the life of Ray K. Hopkins will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Richvalley United Methodist Church, 290 North Jefferson St Wabash IN 46992 with Pastor J. Robert Clark and Pastor Jack Suits officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery, Miami County, IN. Family and friends will gather from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Saturday at the church. The service will be lived streamed through Facebook on Richvalley United Methodist Church Group.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons or Miami County Helping Hands.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, IN 46970.

Posted on 2021 Oct 06