Kenneth Leon Hopkins passed away peacefully in Savoy, Texas on January 31, 2021 at the age of 72. Kenneth was born as the baby of the family in Ottawa, Kansas on February 17, 1948 to Alfred K. Hopkins and Mary Lou (Williams) Hopkins. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1967.
Kenneth worked 42 years at Kansas University as an Industrial Custodian. He was a big Jayhawk fan! Before that Kenneth worked a short time for Hercules Powder Company, Select Dairy, and the City of Ottawa. Yard care and trash removal were side jobs that he worked for himself. He retired from the university in 2010. He has lived in Ottawa, Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas; Oskaloosa, Kansas; and Trenton, Texas where he resided at the time of his death. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge 2700 of Ottawa, Kansas. As a member he held the position of door guard for meetings and other functions. He greatly enjoyed this. Fishing, bowling, and shooting pool were some of his favorite leisurely activities. He had participated in bowling tournaments in Las Vegas and played pool in a local league at one time. He was a very vivid coin collector from rare coins to collectable replicas. A favorite coin was a gold half dollar with a painted Jayhawk on it. Kenneth had a heart of gold, ready to help anybody, on many occasions he would invite co-workers to stay the night because they had no place to sleep.
Kenneth married Ester Lorene Hokanson in March 1970 and divorced 1981. Kenneth later married Sharon Mason in July 1992 and divorced 1999. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Mary Lou Hopkins.
Kenneth is survived by his son Kenneth Alfred Hopkins and wife Sharon of Trenton, Texas. Grandson Jeffery David Hopkins and wife Stephanie and their daughters Evangeline Rose and Ruby Lynn of Little Elm, Texas; Grandson Jeremy Ryan Hopkins and wife Catherine and their daughter Nikita Dawn of Tooele, Utah; and Michael Kenneth Hopkins of Trenton, Texas. He is also survived by sister Delores Edwards and husband Delbert of Ottawa, Kansas along with many beloved nieces and nephews.