Eri W. ‘Hoppie’ Hopseker, 96, WWII vet, schoolteacher, handyman and practical joker

By on July 1, 2014

Eri W. “Hoppie” Hopseker, 96, of Ephrata, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, Manheim.

He was born in Montague, N.Y. to the late Eri and Ora (Tayer) Hopseker and was the husband of the late Margaret G. (Haas) Hopseker who passed away in 2009.

Hoppie was a member of the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, where he served as minister of maintenance for 13 years. He was a teacher from 1963-1983 for the Central Regional School District of N.J. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a private first class. Hoppie was a handyman, he helped turn an old barn into offices for the church. He loved to hunt as well as play practical jokes. He was the type of man to do anything for you.

Eri is survived by a son: Thomas Eugene, husband of Lana Hopseker; a stepson: Richard, husband of Darlene Kulp; a stepdaughter: Patricia, wife of Perry Breyer Jr.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Warren and Richard Hopseker; four sisters: Lois Davis, Joyce Rice, Dorothy Snyder and Eudora Kenaley.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Elwood and Lawrence Hopseker; and a sister: Doris Champion.

Services were held June 30 at Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, Ephrata, with Dr. B.W. Hambrick and Rev. Kenneth Higginbotham officiating. Interment took place in the Memory Gardens Memorial Cemetery, will military honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions in Eri’s memory may be made to the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, 110 Durlach Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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