Harold "Hal" Hopkins died at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital Sunday, July 30, 2000, with his family at his side as a granddaughter played his favorite music on the violin. He was 83.
A visitation and reception was from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage. A celebration of his life will be at Anchorage Baptist Temple at noon today with a visitation for one hour prior. Burial will follow at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Hopkins was born in November 1916, in Tacoma, Wash. He retired after 26 years as an officer in the Air Force. He and his family came to Alaska in 1968 so he could start Alaska's first JROTC program at West Anchorage High School, where he taught for 13 years before his second retirement.
He was a member of many organizations, including the Western Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was a registered Scouter for 73 years. For many years he presided over badge ceremonies in the Kenai area and had attended the yearly Scout O'Rama, bringing his museum class display. He also was the Wood Badge and Boy Scout Museum Representative for the state of Alaska.
"He influenced young people in Alaska and elsewhere with his positive example and moral character," his family said. "He was a loving husband, father and grandfather."
Mr. Hopkins is survived by his wife, Alys; children and their spouses, Michele and Keith Bryan, John and Karen Hopkins, and Michael and Lura Hopkins; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a tree be planted or contributions sent to the Western Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America, 3117 Patterson St., Anchorage, AK 99504.
Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
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