Kenneth W. Hopper, 70, entered into eternal peace on June 24, 2020, while his wife of 28 years, Ginny, held his hand. He was born March 1, 1950 in Huntingburg, Indiana. Ken was devoted to his faith, wife, family, country and his dogs. Friends lovingly called him “Hopdog”.
Ken was a faithful Christian, so faithful that, when he was offered a way out of his pain and suffering, he chose God’s love instead. He was given the chance to choose when he passed away by utilizing end of life options through hospice care. He left it in God’s hands.
Ken had a world-class sense of humor, remarkably quick wit and was always joking, so much so that, when he wanted to share a true story, people suspected it a joke. For instance, a favorite was when he would say, “I was delivered by a stork!” Right, Ken.
In truth, Ken was actually born at the Stork Hospital and delivered by Dr. Harvey Stork in Huntingburg, Indiana. While his wife was working on his obituary, this silly thought kept crossing her mind ... what would Ken say? This would be a typical example of his sense of humor ... Ken Hopper was preceded in death by all those that are dead and survived by the living. Ken, inevitably, looked for a chuckle. He always chose to laugh in the face of adversity, which, regrettably, he did a lot. He believed that laughter, for him, was a necessary part of coping with life.
Ken served in the U.S. Air Force as an engine mechanic. He was very patriotic, had a strong love of country and flew the flag proudly. In fact, later in life – maybe midlife crisis – he got a tattoo of our flag and eagle.
Ken was a loyal friend and forgiving to a fault. He really enjoyed hanging out with his buddies on the golf course. He did get a couple of holes in one through the years, of which he was very proud. But, in reality, he was a much, much better person than he was a golfer. Ken also was an unwavering 49er fan, win or lose.
Ken was a born salesman and the consummate people person. He ultimately had a long career in wholesale lumber and mill sales, at which he excelled.
Ken’s love for his dogs added so much happiness to his life. He could not imagine life without a dog, and he was a great dog-dad.
Throughout Ken’s 20+ years of battling various types of cancer, his courage never ceased to amaze.
A memorial service at East Lawn Memorial Park on Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m. For more service details, go to East Lawn online at https://www.eastlawn.com/ or to Ken’s obituary page where the live stream of the service can also be found.
Any offerings to celebrate Ken’s life should be directed to UC Davis Children’s Hospital-Cancer Research or Shriners Children Hospital. Ken made provisions to contribute a sizeable donation to each, in his memory.