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George Arthur Hoppensteadt
  • September 06, 1931
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  • December 05, 2020

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George Arthur Hoppensteadt passed away peacefully at the Cornerstone Hospice in the Villages, Florida, on Saturday, December 5, 2020. George was born in the family home on Maple Street in Itasca, Illinois on September 6, 1931, to George and Anna Hoppensteadt. He grew up there, along with his eight brothers and sisters, and it was in Itasca he met and married his wife Sheila, his lifelong love and companion. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1949, after which he attended Valparaiso University for three years, studying Government and Business. He served in Korea as a medic just after the close of open hostilities. Following his discharge he went on to a forty-year career with Fireman’s Fund Insurance company, where his compassion for people helped many through personal losses and several natural and man-made disasters including Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Iniki, the Northridge earthquake and the bombing of Harvey’s Wagon Wheel at Lake Tahoe. George loved to play golf, bowl, cook and you could often hear him singing as he walked around the house. He loved visiting his large family and attending annual reunions of his brothers and sisters, and in later years after his eyesight began to fail, he enjoyed sitting in a big comfortable chair while Sheila read him his favorite novels. George is survived by his beloved wife Sheila, his sons Robert and Jon, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, sisters Emily Longfield and Lorraine Heinrich and his brother Norman and his wife Diane Hoppensteadt. His youngest son Charles passed away in 2014.


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  1. Robert Hoppensteadt says:
    27 Dec 2020
    Hi Dad. Still not used to the fact you are gone, but I hope you can see we are going to be okay. You can rest now, and know that the world is a better place because you were in it. Love you.

  2. Richard Sheehan says:
    26 Dec 2020
    The Hoppensteadt Family:

    Another American hero has fallen, and will now join his brothers as they pass in review within the Army's of the Almighty. Our most sincere condolences to George's extended family, and in particular to dear Sheila and Jon, our longtime neighbors and friends whom we know so well. George's interest and concern for people remained evident into his retired life, and he will always be remembered by us as a personable, caring, and compassionate man. Our hearts go out to all of you. George's courage, and memory, will continue to inspire us as we also face the delicate challenges of aging.

    Dick & Pauline Sheehan

  3. Richard Sheehan lit a candle:
    26 Dec 2020
    Lit since December 26, 2020 at 12:06:14 PM

  4. Jon Hoppensteadt says:
    19 Dec 2020
    George Hoppensteadt's Honorable Discharge papers from the US Army 27th Infantry as a Medical Airman list his medals as a National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Ribbon; United Nations Service Medal; and a Good Conduct Medal. He served from November 16, 1953 to October 19, 1955. He did not talk about his medals all that much around family members. The US Army 27th Infantry are known as the Wolfhounds which was shown on the uniforms of the Army football players in the 2020 Navy at Army game . My father would have been proud that Army won that game. Not as thrilled as when his beloved Cubs won the World Series though.

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