Paul Hoopengarner

July 25, 1937February 2, 2013

Paul Hoopengarner, age 75, passed away on Feb.2, 2013, at his home near Putnamville, Ind., after a brief illness. Born July 25, 1937 in Vigo County, Ind., he was the son of Emory and Hazel (Chapman) Hoopengarner. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Rector) Hoopengarner, and daughters, Carol (Ronald) Smith of Fillmore and Jane (Robert) Best of Waveland.

Paul grew up near Riley, Ind. He and Patricia were married on Sep. 1, 1961, in Covington, Ind., and they moved to Putnam County in 1963.

Paul graduated from Riley High School in 1955. He attended Indiana State University and Purdue University before joining the Indiana Department of Transportation where he worked for 42 years as a project engineer on road construction and a land surveyor, retiring in 1999. For the past 12 years, Paul and his wife enjoyed and made many friends while managing a private business in selling and installing outdoor wood burning furnaces

Paul was an avid forester and dedicated advocate for the conservation of Indiana forests. He enjoyed working his own woodland and was an active volunteer and member of the Sycamore Trails Forestry Committee, a group committed to improving and providing education about managing forest resources.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Max Hoopengarner of Terre Haute.

A Memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home with Chaplain James Paino officiating.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flower, memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Sycamore Trails RC&D Forestry committee, 210 S. Indiana St. Apt. 3, Greencastle, Ind 46135


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 6, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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February 13, 2013

Pat,Carol and Jane,

Have been thinking of all of you during these past few weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kay (Callahan) and Kenny Cooper

February 6, 2013

Pat, Jane & Carol and Family, So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in this time of sorrow. Bigham Family

Robert and Shirley Young

February 6, 2013

Pat, so sorry for your loss. Paul was a very kind and gentle man. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

February 6, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Love, The Dairy Castle Crew

Debbi Walton-Patterson

February 5, 2013

Pat, so sorry for your loss..Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

Charles and Jenny Alex

February 5, 2013

Pat and family,
Paul was a wonderful man and will be missed. We are sending are thoughts and prayers to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. He is in a better place.

Charles and Jenny Alex

Valerie Rayce

February 5, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Buying a stove from you two was one of the best things we ever did and who knew there would be a great perk of getting to know two wonderful people. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
The Rayce family.

Casey Hummel and Family

February 5, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

February 4, 2013

Pat, Carol and Jane,

Very sorry for your loss. Pete (Paul) was a great guy. I wish I had known him better, but distance prevented that. Molly and I will be thinking of you.

John Weust (Katy, Texas)

Sarah and Louise Allen

February 4, 2013

Our deepest sympathies, Pat. You and your family are in our prayers. Sending your warm Southern thoughts.