George A. Hopkins

Born: Wed., Dec. 3, 1941
Died: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Escort Past the Courthouse

9:00 AM Tue., Nov. 06, 2018
Location: Main Street Side of the Courthouse

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Hon. George A. Hopkins of Kokomo, Indiana passed away at age 76 on October 31, 2018. George was born December 3, 1941 to Dorothy (Cleveland) Hopkins and George M. Hopkins. 

He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1959 and proudly attended Indiana University, where he graduated in 1963.  He was a graduate of Indiana School of Law in 1966.

George retired with nearly 35 years of service in 2001 as a Colonel in the Indiana National Guard, serving in the office of the Judge Advocate General.  He served as a practicing attorney for 39 years in Howard County before becoming Judge of Superior Court IV in 2006.

Judge Hopkins will be laid to rest in his family’s plot in Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer, Indiana.  He will be escorted past the Howard County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on the way to the cemetery.  Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. 

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Jerry L. & Deloris A. Evans
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Judge George Hopkins Has been a great Asset to Howard County and State of Indiana. He will be greatly missed. We have known George for years and also via the Howard County Sheriff dept. as Jerry is Retired. Our Condolences to the Hopkins Family & Co-Workers.

A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Offering my condolence to the family and friends of George Hopkins. As you cherish the many fond memories of Mr. Hopkins, reflect on the time when sickness..., death... & sorrow... will be conditions of the past! (Revelation 21:3,4; 1Corinthians 15: 26) This is what our loving God Jehovah has promised and Jesus Christ himself guaranteed the hope of seeing our loved ones again by means of the resurrection. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19)
May God’s word provide you the comfort to endure now and in the days to come, as we await the fulfillment of his promises!

BS Beahrs
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
Judge Hopkins was a wonderful man.

BS Beahrs

Rev. Ruth Lawson - CAM, Inc.
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
Judge Hopkins was a good and honorable man, willing to think “outside the box.”

Back several years ago, we had a man living at CAM and he was going before Judge Hopkins about supervised visitation with his daughter. Because there was no child protection involved or court orders, supervised visitation was going to cost about $100 a week for visits. This man did not make enough money to pay for visits, pay child support, and other normal bills. Judge Hopkins allowed CAM to devise and propose a solution to the problem that he and the mother would accept.
With the help of CASA, a Supervisor for the visitation was trained. Grace Community Foursquare Church had previously had a day care, so outdoor and indoor facilities were a perfect place to hold visitations and have toys and outside equipment for the father to play with his daughter.
The plan was accepted, and, in due time, the father eventually had shared custody with his daughter.

There is also another story a Client told us. He had spent a lot of time in jail in the past, but was now buying a trailer. As a homeowner, he was called up for jury duty. This man dressed in coat and tie to perform his civic duty.
He was not chosen – because he knew the Judge, the lawyers, and the person on trial. However, when Judge Hopkins came into the courtroom and saw our Client, he said to the lawyers. “Would you please look at ….. Now THAT is how you are suppose to dress in a court of law.” Our Client was very pleased and complimented.

For the Guardianships and other reasons for being in his court, Judge Hopkins was so gracious. On one occasion, he called me up to the bench and say, “Keep up the good work.”

We appreciated so much the gentleness of this good Judge, who favored justice and showed kindness to all who appeared before him.

Archie Thomas
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
I found Judge Hopkins to be a very gracious person and a man of integrity. He will be missed.

Larry Welsh, Surprise, AZ
   Posted Sat November 10, 2018
I was friends with George for years. He and I grew up 3 blocks apart. My mother went to school with his father. Later in life, George would do all of her legal work for my grandparents farm. For years, I would use George as my attorney. George, you will be sorely missed by all those who knew you. Rest easy my friend!

Amy Marie Shuman
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
I was so sad to see this news. George helped me through a difficult period in my life. He was so easy to talk with. I loved that he stayed true to his beliefs and giggled at the simplicity of his office and use of technology. I looked him up today to see if I could just send a card and say hello and saw this news. Warmest thoughts and prayers for the family. I hope that time and good memories are helping with the healing process to deal with the loss.