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April 17, 1938 – February 6, 2024

Thomas Leo Hopkins was born on April 17, 1938 in Buffalo, MN to Hazel Dechaine and
Thomas George Hopkins. He left us on Feb 6, 2024. Tom attended St. Francis
Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated Buffalo High School in 1955. Tom
immediately joined the US Navy and was stationed in the Great Lakes, White Sands
and Guam. Tom credited the Navy with giving him a life-long career in electronics.
After the Navy Tom spent most of the his life in Southern California where he worked
for HUGHES Corp.. After 35 years Tom retired and returned to his roots in Buffalo, MN
where he lived for the last 30 years. Tom’s hobbies were gardening, birds, sunsets,
travel and his home in Buffalo. He also loved the yearly reunions of his 1955 BHS class.
Tom leaves behind long-time partner, Barbara, his two children, son,Thomas Garrett
Hopkins, MD (Joanne) and daughter Denise Blakesley (Gary). Six grandchildren:
Brittany, Kendra, Garrett, Lauren, Brent, Brianna; step-grandchildren: Nicole and
Gabriel, great granddaughter, Aurora. Sister, Mary Bruns, nephew, nieces, cousins
and very close friends. Tom was preceded in death by spouse Connie Taggart Hopkins
and ex-spouse Connie H Hopkins. Services were provided by Peterson Chapel,
Buffalo, on Feb 18, 2024.

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