Larry Dale Hopkins
Larry Dale Hopkins

CRIDERSVILLE, Ohio — Larry Dale Hopkins, 76, died at 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Otterbein Cridersville in Cridersville, Ohio.

Larry was born on Feb. 7, 1938, in Wauseon, Ohio, to the late Lawrence S. Hopkins and Alta A. (Yoh) Hopkins.

On Aug. 19, 1962, he married Sharon Rasey. She survives in Cridersville.

He was a graduate of Bryan High School, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and Defiance College with a BA in religion and a minor in English and teaching and Winebrenner Seminary at Findlay. He retired as a pastor after 45 years with the West Ohio United Methodist Church Conference. He was a former member of the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs.

He is survived by three daughters, Cheri (Bob) Estle of Oakwood, Ohio, Lori (Keith) Belcher of Lima, Ohio, and Wendi (Jon) Phillips of Elyria, Ohio; a son, Dr. Kevin (Connie) Hopkins of North Ridgeville, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Preston Phillips, Mallory Phillips, Ben Estle, Sadie Estle, Marci Belcher, Blake Hopkins, Abigail Hopkins and Cora Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Hopkins and stepmother, Edith Moser.

A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Forest Park United Methodist Church in Lima with the Revs. Ben Lowell and Tim Benjamin officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the church’s Family Life Center in Lima.

Memorial contributions may be made to Otterbein Cridersville or Forest Park United Methodist Church Choir Fund, under the direction of Tryna Brown.

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