William Guy 'Hoppy' Hopkins, M.D., 87, passed away Aug. 8, 2010. Survived by his daughters, Gayle Louise (Steve Lamy) Hopkins, Sharon Ann White; son, Gregory Guy (Cindy) Hopkins; grandchildren, Rachel Louise White, Connor Guy Hopkins, and Brenna M. Hopkins. Preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Louise(Howland) 'Cay' Hopkins, whom he married on Dec. 17, 1945. Also preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Harriett Hopkins and his sister, Harriett Hopkins Angelea. Born June 26, 1923, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. He attended Thatcher Elementary and Centennial High School and completed his pre-med at Colorado College. He then attended the University of Colorado Medical School, earning his medical degree in 1947. He completed his residency program in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago. He then served two years in the Army-Air Force Medical Corps and was stationed at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He moved back to Pueblo in 1953 and began his medical practice with his father at the Pueblo Clinic. He retired from medicine in 1989. Member of the First United Methodist Church, YMCA and Pueblo Community Health Clinics. He enjoyed teaching bible study groups, volunteering at the soup kitchen and serving on medical missions with the Christian Medical Society. He loved fishing, tennis and especially his family. He was a gentle gentleman, who had a heart of gold and always put others first. The family would like to give special thanks to his wonderful care givers at the Wynwood of Pueblo Assisted Living Center, Independent Hearts/Home Instead and to Sangre de Cristo Hospice. There will be no viewing. Private interment. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, 11th & Court St., with the Rev. Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who desire may make memorials to the First United Methodist Church, YMCA or Pueblo Community Health Clinic, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. In honor of Dr. Hopkins beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Centennial Bulldogs, everyone attending the service is requested to wear red. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. When my sister, Susan, and I were very young, we would often go with our father to the clinic. Our dad, Dr. Bill Baker, would catch up on paper work in his office. We remember that your father was one of the very early doctors at the Pueblo Clinic and we thought of him as a very nice man. As I remember he was quiet and unassuming, very highly respected. I send my deepest condolences for your loss. Sincerely,
    Ann Baker Kochenberger

  2. We were very sad to hear about the passing of your father William Hopkins. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. He was an exceptional man and one who cared about others. He made the world a better place, and improved the lives of many when he did his medical work in impoverished countries. We will always remember him as a wonderful kind man.

  3. Your parents were a gold standard for anyone and everyone who knew them. My mother, Lena Crosby, worked for your father and I remember her telling me he was “the best boss I ever had”. I can still picture both of your parents and their wonderful smiles every Sunday at church. They always sat in the same place and if they were missing, everyone was concerned. Your dad and I were inducted into the Centennial Hall of Fame the same day and what an honor it was to sit next to him. Thanks so much for sharing your parents with all of us. With love, Leanna

  4. To the Hopkins Family,
    Dr. Hopkins was a wonderful man! His patients absolutely adored him. I worked in the Pueblo Clinic for many years and our family also attended FUMC and witnessed Hoppy & Cay’s loving and caring ways. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and we feel blessed Hoppy touched our lives. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Scott & Sharon Calhoun

  5. Remembering the time that Carol unknowingly swiched glasses with her daughter. She called the office thinking she was going blind. Thinking that it might be a brain tumor he saw her that afternoon as he was preparing to go on vacation. After the mystery was solved Dr. Hopkins told her that did not know how he could go on vacation and leave her. He and she had a lot of shared laughs on the subject in later years. He was not only a wonderful Doctor, but a wonderful human being.

  6. Gayle, Sharon and Greg, my humble condolences for the loss of your father. I have many pleasant memories of the friendships our familes have shared and we all had only the highest respect for Dr. Hopkins. I have especially fond memories of my first fly fishing lessons from Bill at the 4UR Ranch. He gave us a perfect example of a life well lived.

  7. “Hoppy” had an indescribable impact on my life. He trained me to work for him in 1969 and was my boss for the next 5 years. He supported the scholarship fund that gave me my college education and put me in the right place to meet my future husband. He became a mentor and father-figure when he broke the news to me that my father had been killed in 1970. I have never known a more giving man with a kinder heart–and I already miss him. He absolutely earned his place in heaven and I’ve no doubt he’s someone’s angel now.

  8. To the Hopkins Family:

    God blessed our family when your dad and mom came into our lives. Our aunt “Josephine” worked for them back in the fifties when they lived on Court Street, and later moved to the big house on Greenwood. Your dad and mom treated us as we were part of your family. Your dad and mom were truly “ambassadors” for Christ. May God comfort and strengthen you always. We will always cherish the loving kindness of your parents.

    Doris Manning & Family
    1100 Spruce
    Pueblo, Colorado 81004

  9. My prayers are with Gayle, Steve, Sharon, and Greg. Hoppy is someone who had a profound impact on my life as a man, father, and person.. He was there for guidance at a very influencial time of my life and I often think about the advice he would give to me.. He taught me about commitment to goals, love for God, love for family, and just happy to enjoy everyday. I remember those 6am mornings at the tennis courts as if it was yesterday. God bless you Hoppy and thank you for all your advice and time you shared with me..

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