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Roger Carl Hopton

Roger Carl Hopton, age 82, of Shelby, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 10, 1933 in Woodsfield, Ohio the son of the late Homer Anthony and Mildred Rachel (Workman) Hopton. He was a 1954 graduate of Shelby High School and was an Army veteran of the Korean War stationed in Puerto Rico. Roger began his working career at Walt Wray Motors and then took a job at Shelby Business Forms which became Miami

Systems – from which he retired. Roger was a little league coach when his children were young and enjoyed being outdoors fishing and camping. He liked going to yard sales and auctions and was an all-round tinkerer. His greatest joy was motor sports racing. He built wings for sprint cars and his name in the racing world was “Old Man Wing”. Roger was a member of Shelby American Legion.

Roger is survived by his wife: Alice Jean (Pemberton) Hopton, whom he wed on February 8, 1958 and just celebrated 58 years of marriage; 5 children: Rodney (Dawn) Hopton of Ashland, Lisa Kelble of Huron, Ricky (Jan) Hopton of LA, Linda (Billy) Reed of KY, Carla (Scott) Clabaugh of LA; 10 grandchildren: Connor Hopton, Jeanna Hopton, Christine McClester, Kyle Hopton, Bryce Hopton, Lindsay Reed, Tiffany (Josh) Hale, Ashley (Jason) Neikirk, Zackery (Brooke) Reed, Paxton Clabaugh; 12 great grandchildren: Rachel, Michael, Samuel, Megan, Aubrey, Chase, Kyley, Kensley, Zoey, Lane, Jaden, and Parker;  his a brother-in-law: James Hickman of Shelby; his “adopted” son and his family: Benny Bowman of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his sister: Evajean Hickman and son-in-law: Rich Kelble.

Friends and family are welcome on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Lester Champer of Shelby Nazarene Church officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to HelpLine Ministries, 29 ½ Walnut Street, Shelby, Ohio  44875.

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  1. Tim and Becky Paulo says:

    We are so saddened by this. Roger always had a great story to tell. He will be so missed. Please know you are all in our prayers.

  2. Patrick and Robyn Bovia says:

    Roger has been a great friend and mentor. His kindness and compassion has touched our whole family. You will be greatly missed. All our love. Patrick, Robyn, Brittany Steffan, Hailey Bovia and Carson Bovia

  3. Earl and Betty Pemberton says:

    Alice Jean; we’re so sorry to hear about Roger. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Love, Earl Van and Betty

  4. Sarah frost says:

    Roger was a great and kind man. He was a joy to be around. Sending my condlences and prayers to the family. Roger will be greatly missed.

  5. Len and Judy Hubbard says:

    I remember Roger coaching our little league team. He was a good man. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Rev. S. T. and Betty Adkins says:

    Alice sending our condolences to you and the family. We loved running into Roger when we were out and about. He was so pleasant to talk to and always had a smile on his face. Praying for comfort for you and the family from God who knows all.

  7. Timmy Loughman says:

    My Childhood friend,mentor,prob even my second DAD Went home to be with God and his friend Benny on tue,I remember the times spent sorting nuts and screws, cutting wood,Ice fishing,mowing the field behind our house,build a loft in the lean to,building mini sprit wings and just spending time together,You will forever be in my heart Roger Hoptin. May you now rest In rest in piece with no more pain or suffering. God Bless you Old Man… May the family of this wonderful man find piece in their hearts in their time of need God bless you all as well…

  8. Bernie & Brenda Highfield says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. We will miss his big smile and laugh. Roger loved people and was a good friend. Praying that God comforts you all now and in the days ahead. God bless

  9. Tammy LoughmanVermillion says:

    Dear family im so sorry to hear about my dearest friend and long time neighbor Roger. he was always there when we need some thing if u needed any thing ask him first .i remember when we first moved in was not to kean on sharing a drive way
    But was never a real problem i moved away to fl and i tryed to see him each time i came home i know this family will miss him as i will and the loughman kids Tim and jen rest in peace my dear friend sadly miss you

  10. Fran & Dennis Longnecker says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort and may you feel God’s love and peace. Prayers for all…

  11. Susie Dennis says:

    Dear Alice, Rodney, Lisa, Ricky, Linda, Carla and Families,

    Sending all of you healing thoughts and prayers in loving memory of your beloved Husband and Dad. Although saddened at his demise, thoughts of Roger bring a big smile as he sure was a funny guy! He was so proud of his family, too.
    Peace & Light To All –

  12. Dave Pennell says:

    To the Hopton Family….

    I was saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. It immediately caused me to relive in my mind the many, many fond memories of good times spent over at 79 Second Street in Shelby in the 1970’s. Roger and Alice were just so kind, gracious, and welcoming and just made me and all the friends of their kids feel welcome, like we were all part of the family. Won’t ever forget the time Rod, Craig Jose, and I were headed home from Crestline on Rt. 61 on a snowy night, Rod took a curve too fast, and put Roger’s black Ford Ranger pickup in the ditch….no one was hurt and the truck had little damage, but Roger was “hot under the collar” when he arrived on the scene, as we had lied about where we told him we would be–he never stayed mad for long though and understood “boys will be boys”….Roger was a funny and very clever guy, could fix anything, built that big garage out back and was always tinkering with something..he will be sadly missed by all who knew him….my sincere condolences.

  13. Paul & Karen Winters says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathies. In this time of grief, your family is in our thoughts and in our prayers.
    Roger always had a great story to pass along.

  14. Chris Dill says:

    Rodney and Family
    So sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. Many great memories of high school sports and your Dad’s enthusiasm and his laugh. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Chris

  15. Durk Milliron says:

    Rod sorry for your loss of your father. My prayers are with you.

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