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Jonathan Graham Hopkins of Aviston, Illinois was taken suddenly on June 8, 2019.
He was born on April 30, 1967 in Brunswick, Maine to Frank and Joyce Hopkins. He joined the military at 21 years old and was a proud patriot who served his country honorably. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant First Class after 21 years.
Jon was a graduate of the Army’s Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer’s Courses. During his active duty Jon’s career and training in communications took him places all over the world. He served in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and then with the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He then traveled overseas in 1998 to Portugal (NATO), Korea (2 tours), Italy (NATO) and Bahrain.
Jon returned to the United States in 2005 where he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He retired from DISA Headquarters, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois in 2010. After retirement he worked in the defense industry.
Jon was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), multiple Army Commendation Medals (ARCOM), and multiple Army Achievement Medals (AAM).
It was in Bahrain where Jon met the love of his life, Bernardita. The perfect pair were married in July 2007. They enjoyed vacationing with family and their son Brent. Jon loved country music, good food, family, friends, wine and his two spoiled schnauzers Benji and Tramp. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Aviston, Illinois.
Jon was preceded in death by his father, Frank Hopkins.
Bernardita Hopkins, Aviston, Illinois
Brent Hopkins, Aviston, Illinois
Barbara (Mike) Sharrow, Rockledge, Florida
Tracy Greene, Rockledge, Florida
Shawn (Lynna) Hopkins, Mt. Olive, Alabama
Joyce (Pat) Mudd, Tall Timbers, Maryland
Phyllis Hopkins, Rockledge, Florida
Myla (Ron) Thornhill, McAlister, Oklahoma
Gemma Medallo, San Francisco, California
One God Daughter
Melissa Tolentino, San Francisco, California
A Mass celebrating Jon’s life will be held on Saturday, June 22 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Aviston, Illinois. Family visitation will start at 10 AM, with the Mass at 11 AM. A luncheon will be held immediately after the Mass at the American Legion Hall in Aviston, Illinois. A military internment service will be held at 10:15 AM on July 19 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Jon’s honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation – “Coy’s Crew”.
Peck Funeral Home
1600 Hwy 31 SW
P.O. Box 427
Hartselle, AL 35640
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation – “Coy’s Crew”.
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