HOPKINS GERALD CHARLES 74 of Mechanicsburg, Pennsyvania and a former resident of Hershey for over 28 years, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born December 12, 1937 in Lansing, Michigan he was the son of the late Cecil Hopkins and Julia (Siwek) Barney. Jerry served his country in the US Army from 1955-1958 before entering college. Jerry graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. Jerry retired as President of USTAAD Systems Inc. in Harrisburg and was a former employee of Dauphin Electrical Supplies Company in Harrisburg and Square D Company. He was a member of the Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church and a former member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hershey. Jerry was also a member of Range End Golf Club, the National Model Railroaders Association and enjoyed building Legos with his grandchildren. His other hobbies included wood working, gardening and he was a loyal Detroit sports fan avidly following the Red Wings and Tigers. Jerry is survived by his loving wife Gail (Polster) Hopkins, three children: Eric Hopkins, wife Diana and their children, Gabriella and Sofia of Los Angeles, CA; Stephanie Cavanagh, husband Denis and their children, Charlie and Will of Fairfax, VA; Kelly Hoffmann, husband Drew and their children, Ally, David and Ethan of West Chester, PA; a sister Carolyn Bromer and husband Mike of Middleville, MI; a brother Edward Hopkins and wife Jan of Sand Lake, MI and a half brother Greg Barney of Grand Rapids, MI. Jerry was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Hopkins. Memorial services will be held at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church, 1050 South York Street, Mechanicsburg, on Friday, August 3rd at 3:30pm with a time of food and fellowship following the service at Range End Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, LIVESTRONG/The Lance Armstrong Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information or to sign the online guest book, please visit MalpezziFuneralHome.com.
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