Elwood Harrison Hopseker

December 3, 1921 - March 29, 2013
Elwood Harrison Hopseker


Elwood Harrison Hopseker, 91, of Wilmington, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Born in Martinsburg, NY on December 3, 1921, he was a son of the late Eri Leon and Ora Thayer Hopseker. He was a retired GySgt with the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the VFW, The American Legion, and TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association). Mr. Hopseker was a member of the Wilmington Lodge #319 AF & AM and the Sudan Shriners. He loved fishing and was an avid Cubs Baseball fan.

Surviving, are his son, Craig Hopseker (Steve Young) of Muncie, IN; daughter, Sandra Phillips (Benny) of Jacksonville, NC; step-son, Shawn Hudson of Wilmington; three brothers, Willard Hopseker of Ephrata, PA, Warren Hopseker of Chaumont, NY, Richard Hopseker of Leesburg, FL; four sisters, Lois Davis of Brownville, NY, Dorothy Snyder of Bishop, CA, Joyce Rice of Orlando, FL, Eudora Kanaley of Friendship, NY; sister-in-law, Cindy Myers (Greg) of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Keith Phillips, Michael Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Rachael Malone; and four great-grandchildren, Corey Phillips, Nicholas Phillips, Chloe Phillips, and Brynn Malone. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Margaret “Dee” Clark Hopseker; a brother, Larry Hopseker; and a sister, Doris Champion.

No services are planned per his request.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Sudan Shriners; 403 East Front Street; New Bern, NC 28560 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105.

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  • March 30, 2013
    Cindy Meyers says:
    I will miss Hoppy's young at heart ways. He never knew his real age and continued to do just what he wanted, like at the age of 89 going canoeing, or driving in the snow out of town to play cards. These are the things that kept him young. I thank him for being a part of our family and making my sisters life a little easier and being a great stepfather to Shawn. I enjoyed my time with him recently eating fried oysters, 2 desserts, and talking about golf and Tiger's come back. He was a quiet man but had a big heart. Love, Cindy

  • April 01, 2013
    Keith & Carol Phillips says:
    Love YOU Grandpa

  • April 15, 2013
    Mike Phillips says:
    Grandpa you will always be missed, you made an impact on alot of lives with calm and carrying attitude. Love you Michael

  • April 02, 2013
    Judy Swann says:
    Prayers are with the family. Matthew and Connor, his little buddies will miss him very much!

  • April 02, 2013
    Richard Wilson says:
    Hoppy was perhaps the most genuine man I ever met. He was a kind and a giving man who never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Hoppy was considerate, gentle, unassuming, and could always make me laugh. I will miss you my friend.