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Waterloo High School
Sunday September 1st, 2019

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Nicholas "Nick" J. Hopkins

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
or BackStoppers

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

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No words will ever explain the beauty and grace your family has expressed to the world these last few weeks. You were so blessed to have held each other for only a short time so it seems but your memories will live forever. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BABIES. This world needs so much more of you and your family. Holding you in my prayers.

Michelle Beason Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family and ISP. You now have a Guardian Angel

Pat Thornton Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Jim,
Im so sorry for your loss. Im praying for you and your family. I know words cant describe what your going through now, but remember that a lot of people do care and a lot of prayers are being said at this time. May God keep you and your family in the palm of his hand.

Gary Luttrull Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

Whitney, please know you and your family have our sincere condolences. God give you strength through the days, weeks, years to come, and May your children live on through his memory. Casey, is heart broken for you! Bless you all! Prayers!

Henry & Sue WILLIAMS (Casey Fares parents) Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

Several weeks back on a beautiful summer evening I was with my two grandsons at the Waterloo town square looking for "painted rocks". We were not having any luck but you took the time to show us which direction to go to find some. You had your three little ones with you and had already made the discovery! Oliver and Henry were thrilled and I thank you again for taking the time to give Grandma some help. My daughter, Lindsay told me who you were when we heard about your husband. Lindsay's husband, DJ, played soccer with Nick during their high school years. I am so sorry for your loss and will pray for you and your little ones. Take care.

Joan Buhrman Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the loss of your husband. I did not know him personally but from what I have learned about him over the past few days tells me that he was a bright light in this scary world. I am so honored that he was out there making it safer for the rest of us.
I thank you for sharing this very hard and tragic time with the rest of us. It is a very personal thing and for you to include the public in this time was very kind.
I know that you have the brotherhood of the Officers to lean on as well as your family and of course your Faith. Please know that we, the public, are also here to help you through.
Your family has touched my heart immensely and I can only hope to become a better person from all of this.
May God be with you all.

Beth Maul Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

I was born and raised in Waterloo. This breaks my heart. I was a police dispatcher for 17 years and my heart hurts for you. Please know that your family is in my prayers. May God bless you. God Speed Nick.

Jo Ann Barnes Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

To the Hopkins family. Our sincere sympathy to you and yours. Please know that we appreciate his service to the community.

Will and Robbie Devenport Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

A Sentimental Thoughts was sent by Fares Family on August 31, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

Im deeply sorry for your loss I didnt know Nick or his family but the world will miss him. Lord please carry Nicks wife and 3 adorable kids; until they can someday walk through life on their own.
ShawnaH Las Vegas

Shawna Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

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