In loving memory of

Gerald "Jerry" John Hopson
June 12, 1937 - November 24, 2018

Gerald "Jerry" John Hopson, 81, of New London, died Saturday, November 24, 2018 at his home. He was born June 12, 1937 in LaGrange, MO to Augustus William and Lucille Marie Wagner Hopson. On June 16, 1957 he married Sonja Lou DeSpain in New London.
Jerry was a member of New London High School class of 1956; loved attending class reunions; and was a member of New London Christian Church. Before he began a lifetime of farming, he worked for Iowa Illinois Telephone Co., J.I.Case, and IAAP telephone communications. He was an Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan; enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, mushroom and arrowhead hunting, playing pinochle, collecting and restoring big and small tractors, and attending grandchildren's events. He and Sonja loved RV'ing; starting with tent camping and ending with a motorhome; loved traveling, cruising, and wintering in Arizona. He volunteered at Old Threshers, working 20 years at the campground. Jerry, Willard Owens and Noble Boyd were the original buyers of the land for the New London Softball Diamond. He served on the school board, elevator board, New London bank board and as a Henry County Trustee.
Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by two sons; Kevin Hopson of Danville and Kurt (Kelly) Hopson of New London; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Rolland (Susan) Hopson of Bridgeton, MO, and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Arnold in infancy.
Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday at Elliott Chapel with the family present to greet friends from 5 - 7 PM. The memorial service for Mr. Hopson will be Thursday at 11:00 at the chapel with Pastors Rod and Nathan Cooper officiating. According to his wishes his body has been cremated and inurnment will follow the service at Burge Cemetery. Memorials have been established for New London Christian Church, New London Softball Diamonds, and New London Fire and Rescue.

Tributes

Rochelle wrote on Nov 30, 2018:

"Our Family sends our love, prayers and condolences to the Hopson Family. Have peace knowing that He is resting in Gods Hands* Glory be to God! The Clark Family from Sioux City, IA "

Holly Mills wrote on Nov 29, 2018:

"Thinking of you in our prayers, our condolences George and Mary Christe Holly Christe-Mills "

Crystee wrote on Nov 27, 2018:

"Sonja, Kevin and Kurt..... our childhood was made up of magical weekends by the pond! These are some of my best memories! Thinking of you all! Crystee"

Dawn L Hopson wrote on Nov 26, 2018:

"Sonja, Kevin, Kurt & families- Thinking of you all & my deepest sympathy for your loss. He will be missed by many but I am so glad his pain is gone & he?s living pain free & healthy in heaven. Oh what special gift. God Bless to you all as you grieve & treasure so many wonderful memories & moments! Our children were beyond blessed to call him grandpa.... ?? Dawn L "

Robin Madole wrote on Nov 25, 2018:

"Sonya, Kevin, Kurt and the rest of the Hopson family, we send our deepest sympathy for your loss of a great husband, father, and grandfather! Jerry was good at so many things and still had quality time for family and friends. I can?t imagine how many hours were spent playing cards, having dessert, and playing more cards with my parents. I know their friendship was priceless. RIP Jerry. I am glad you will not be in any more pain as you endured much. Robin Madole"

Kelly Walgren wrote on Nov 25, 2018:

"Sonya, Kevin, Kurt and family. My heart goes out to you on the recent loss of your husband and father. I have many fond memories of Jerry that take me back to my childhood over 50 years ago. God bless you all. Sincerely Kelly Walgren"

Randy & Roberta Rickey wrote on Nov 25, 2018:

"Sonja and family, thinking of you at this time. You and Jerry are such special friends for so many years. Our love to you all, and Rolland and Susan too."