OBITUARY

Donald Edward Hopper

August 20, 1949September 28, 2012

Donald Edward Hopper, 63, of Midland passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 28, 2012. Don was born on August 20, 1949 in Dallas, Texas. Known by his friends as Hoppy D, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, softball player, and bowler for many years. Don was very active in his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. He was a part of the Mighty Rebel Band from 1988-1994, making sure there was always plenty of water and apples for the band members. He also transported the band equipment to numerous band functions, including the Rose Parade in 1993. Don was PaPa to his seven grandchildren. He was proud of all them and they were his greatest joy. Don graduated from Lee High School in 1968 and attended Odessa College. He worked in sales for Ozarka Water, Dr. Pepper, and the last 20 years for E.A. Sween Co. (Deli Express). Don is predeceased by his mother, Delores Kubica, father, Vincent Hopper, and granddaughter, Carrie Gutierrez. He is survived by his wife, Sheila LeMay Hopper of Midland, son, Mike Hopper & wife Angela of Midland, daughters, Tressa Gutierrez & husband Mitchell of Midland, Melissa Chapman & husband Erick of McKinney, Texas. Dad, Frank Kubica & step-mother Janice of Kerrville, Texas. Brother Gary Hopper of Kennedale, Texas. Sisters, Nikki Wallace of Irving, Texas & Shellie Dent & husband Hardy of Lubbock, Texas. Grandchildren, Alexander Gutierrez, Allison Gutierrez, Kylie Hopper, Brandon Gutierrez, Ashlyn Chapman, Kinsey Hopper, & Brynn Chapman. Numerous nieces & nephews, and a host of friends. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Ellis Funeral Home from 6-8 PM. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10 AM at Crestview Baptist Church under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jef Castillo, Tom Blase, Jr., Darrell Hawkins, Bobby Builta, Dusty Builta, Chris Phillips, Justin Oaks & Rick Darling. Honorary Pallbearers are Bill Builta, Jim Builta, Bob Builta, Larry Clark, Walter Oaks, Lupe Salinas, Ted Novak, Mike Brandenberger, John Bob Hopkins, Tom Blase, Sr., David Collins & all his many softball and bowling buddies.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 4, 2012
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Alexander Gutierrez

January 29, 2013

I Miss You Papa

BARBARA HOPPER MASK

October 17, 2012

SO SAD AND DISMAYED TO HEAR ABOUT DON ED. I CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE IF I HAD KNOWN ABOUT IT IN TIME. I ALWAYS ENJOYED BEING AROUND DON ED. HE WAS VERY SPECIAL.

Dennis Grubb

October 11, 2012

To Gary Hopper and family: I was saddend to hear of Don's passing. He was a fine man and I always enjoyed visiting with him. I was honored to know him. God rest his sweet soul and my condolenes to the entire Hopper family.

October 8, 2012

Dear Sheila, I am very sorry to hear about Don's passing. Tom and I enjoyed our visit with you and Don in Puerto Vallarta. You are in my prayers.
Jeanne Sween

Ellen & Omar Hilburn

October 7, 2012

Shelia,
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He will truly be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeri Kaczmarek

October 7, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will keep the Hopper family in my thoughts and prayers.

October 7, 2012

Sheila, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. It was my pleasure to have known and shared some great times with our Hoppy D. Mike (lobo) and Cherry Kay Wolf

Robert E. Lee Class of '68

October 5, 2012

Shelia and family: Our sincerest sympathy in the passing of our friend and fellow classmate, Don. He was one of the nicest guys in our class... always friendly with a smile on his face. He was an excellent athlete and a kind person. We will all miss him and his infectous warm smile. It is a great loss to us all. Godspeed Don!

Kathe Fowler

October 5, 2012

Shellie, So sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a loved one, especially suddenly. But, I know you are strong in your faith and have a loving family to draw strength. Praying for you.

Barbara Ezell

October 4, 2012

Sheila, Don was always so full of fun. He was a good friend. I will never forget you and Don coming to move me back to Midland after my husbvand died.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.