Rev. Dr. Hugo Luciano Lopez

January 16, 1930 - April 3, 2015
Rev. Dr. Hugo Luciano Lopez

Rev. Dr. Hugo Luciano Lopez, age 85, of Wilmington passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove in the warm embrace of his two remaining daughters.

He was born on January 16, 1930 in Santiago, Chile to the late Ismael Lopez and Luz Mendoza de Lopez. He was one of four siblings, the late Ruth Ester, and his two surviving brothers Carlos and Mario.

He is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 62 years, his daughter Viviana and her husband Ricardo, and his youngest daughter Doris.

He is preceded in death by his oldest daughter Diana.

In Chile he was a High School English teacher and served in the United Methodist Church as a deacon. In 1970 at the age of 40, he brought his wife and three daughters to the United States from Chile where he completed his studies to become a minister in the United Methodist Church. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Art degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL and his Doctorate of Theology from Garrett Theological Seminary in Naperville, IL. He served various appointments in the Central Illinois Conference including in the Hispanic community. From 1982-1986, he was appointed as an editor for the Hispanic Resources for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN.

He retired in 1995 and continued dedicating his time to ministering within the Hispanic community as well as being the visitation minister and a Sunday School teacher for Grace United Methodist Church for several years.

In his youth he enjoyed participating in various sports. He was also an avid writer and story-teller. You could always find Hugo with a writing journal and a book to read along with a Bible close at hand. Ministering and teaching were his two passions of which he dedicated so much of his life.

A Memorial Service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace St. Wilmington NC, 28401, on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation directly after the service.

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  • April 07, 2015
    Velvet Miles says:
    Doris- Thinking of you at this time, and keeping you and your family in my prayers. Love you -Velvet

  • April 10, 2015
    David C. Wade says:
    Hugo was a special man of God. He will be missed. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you. Sincerely, David and Cindy Wade Ann St UMC, Beaufort NC

  • April 08, 2015
    Priscilla White says:
    Viviana, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • April 08, 2015
    Margret Montgomery Sheffield says:
    Viviana, so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad lived a life for Christ and served his community in a memorable way. Our love stays with our fathers even though they are not in our earthly vision, but our eternal vision. What a blessing. Love and sympathy to you and your family. Margret Montgomery

  • April 08, 2015
    Tina Seaman says:
    May the Lord be with your family during this time and raise each of you up on Eagle's wings. Your family in my prayers and I am here if you need me.