Paul Ford Hopkins
of Five Lakes in Clare County, MI, passed away in Gold Canyon, AZ on Feb. 6,
2019, two days from his 80th birthday.
He is survived by
his wife of thirty-three years, Joan Bates Hopkins; his sister, Margaret
Cushman; his children, Ian (Jennifer) Adams, Steve, Robin and Lisa Fenton;
his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Paul was born in
Valparaiso, IN, on Feb. 8, 1939. His parents were Henry and Ann Hopkins who
predeceased him in death as did his brothers, Jim, Henry and John Hopkins.
He graduated from
Chesterton High School in Chesterton, IN, in 1957 and served in the Indiana
Army reserve. Paul was a Past Master of Daylite Lodge No. 44 Masons of
Nevada. Paul worked in the Gaming Industry. He was employed by the Royal
Inn, the Stardust, the Castaways and the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, NV for 20
years. He also worked in West Africa, on the Mississippi riverboats and
retired from the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Paul and his wife,
Joan, have spent winters in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and Arizona. The last
five years they were employed by the Canyon Vista RV Resort in Gold Canyon,
AZ, as Workampers and considered it their winter home. In Gold Canyon, AZ,
Paul rode his Can-Am ATV with friends exploring the Superstition Mountains
and the deserts.
In Michigan Paul
owned a Blue Spruce Farm and enjoyed driving his John Deere tractor. At home
on Five Lakes he spent evenings sitting on his deck, overlooking the lake.
Paul also enjoyed building bird feeders, watching the birds, driving the
pontoon around the lake and building projects in his woodworking shop.
A Memorial will be
held in Clare, MI, on April 14, 2019.