Gail E. Hopkins, 66, of Kahoka, passed away at 11:16 am on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at his home.
He was born on February 25, 1954 in LaHarpe, Illinois the son of the late George Earl and Loraine Margaret (Gunn) Hopkins. Gail married Glenda Clark on July 23, 1984 and she preceded him in death on May 7, 2000. He later married Beth Huston on April 19, 2003 and she survives.
Mr. Hopkins graduated from Canton High School. He was a truck driver for most of his working life; working for Dickey Transport in Packwood, Iowa for 36 years until his retirement in 2019. In Gail’s 36 years, he had trekked well over four million miles and did so with an impeccable driving record with no accidents. He was a true driving professional.
Gail was a member of the Trinity Worship Center in Kahoka, enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball, liked attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, going out to his family farm to visit his brothers and he enjoyed gardening; growing some of the very best tomatoes in town. Most of all Gail loved his family and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Beth, he is survived by a son; Wade Huston of Kahoka, a daughter; Mary (Michael) Salyers of Keokuk, Iowa, six grandchildren; Hayden Wade Huston, Austin (Sierra Hall), Jordan, Morgan and Lizzie Salyers and Trenton Drouillard, a great granddaughter; Briley Salyers, three brothers; John (Pam) Hopkins of Canton, Kent Hopkins of Columbia and Paul (Amy) Hopkins of Canton, two sisters; Mary (Troy) Kirchner of Canton and Rita Hopkins of Wayland, his uncle and aunt; Bill & Marge Hopkins of Carrollton, Illinois, his sister in-laws; Annie Hopkins of Burlington, Iowa, Judy Thompson of Kahoka, Nora (Gerald Ewart)Martin of Kahoka, Vickie (Doug) Matlick, his brother in-laws; Terry (Lisa) Huston of Kahoka and David (Kris) Huston of Kahoka, Beth’s aunts; Mary Jo Howell of Kahoka, Pauline Cordray of Luray, Beth’s uncle; Marvin Sederberg of Luray and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Besides his first wife Glenda and his parents, Gail was preceded in death by a brother; Earl George Hopkins, his mother and father in-law; John and Cathern Huston, a sister in-law; Patty Londrie and by a brother in-law; John Huston Jr.
Funeral services honoring the life of Gail were conducted at 10:30 am on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home in Kahoka. Pastor Kim McNamar officiated the service. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery in Williamstown. Visitation was held on Sunday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm with family present from 4:00 until 6:00 pm. Memorial contributions in memory of Gail were suggested to Northeast Missouri Hospice or to the Clark County Local Cancer Fund. You are invited to share your memories of Gail and leave a condolence at www.wilsontriplett.com