Nicholas "Nick" J. Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, IL, died August 23, 2019, in St. Louis, MO. He was born March 24, 1986, in Red Bud, IL.
He is survived by his wife Whitney Hopkins (nee Harris); children twins Evelyn and Owen, and Emma; parents James Hopkins and Verna Hopkins (nee Janson); brothers and sisters Valerie (Justin) Dortch, Zack (Kathy) Hopkins, Emily (Mike) Auffenberg, Gabe (Katie) Hopkins, and Abby Hopkins; grandmother Evelyn Hopkins (nee Theis); sister-in-law Erin Harris; father-in-law and mother-in-law James & Laural (Dearnbarger) Harris; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Nick is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Charles J. Hopkins; maternal grandparents John & Magdalen Janson; and uncle Robert "Bob" and aunt Mardell Pelch.
He was a member of Life Community Church - Columbia, IL and an Illinois State Police S.W.A.T. operator. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins #6141 began his Illinois State Police career on June 1, 2009, as a cadet at the Illinois State Police Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to District 12 (Effingham). On August 1, 2013, Nick took an assignment with ISP Zone 7 Investigations General Criminal Unit, and in November 2013 he was assigned to District 11 patrol in Collinsville. In February 2016, Nick transferred to Zone 6’s Metro East Police Assistance Team (MEPAT). In September 2017 he was assigned to ISP SWAT and in March 16, 2018, he became a Senior Agent with the ISP.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation - Trooper Nick Hopkins Memorial Fund
3 PM to 9 PM Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Waterloo High School in Waterloo, IL
10 AM Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Waterloo High School in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Jamey Bridges officiating
Interment at Waterloo City Cemetery in Waterloo, IL