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James G. Hopkins 70, formerly of Libby

by The Western News
| November 22, 2011 9:22 AM

James G. Hopkins passed away on Nov. 9,

2011, at Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, Utah, after a long

and courageous battle with a respiratory disease.

Jim was born on March 14, 1941, in

Plentywood, Montana to Francis Hopkins and Thelma DeGering.

He grew up in Laurel, Mont., where he

graduated from Laurel High School in 1960. Jim left Laurel to serve

in the Air Force until his return to Montana in 1964. Upon his

return Jim worked in the mining industry in Montana, Nevada and

Idaho as an electrician and maintenance planner until he retired in

2000 to make his home in the Libby and Troy area.

Jim also served as a volunteer EMT with

the Libby Montana Volunteer Ambulance Service for 15 years.

Jim will be especially remembered for

his time and service with the CARD Clinic as a Board Member in

Libby where he worked to help those affected by asbestosis.

James married the love of his life,

Louise Rhoades on Nov. 27, 1965. He loved spending time with his

family especially his two grandsons, Henry Kilbreath and Matthew


He enjoyed trap shooting, fishing,

boating and spending time with his family.

He was a loving father and friend and

is survived by his wife Louise Hopkins, son David Hopkins

(Beaverton, Ore.) his wife Cheryl and son Matthew, Daughter Cheryl

Kilbreath of Tooele, Utah, her husband Tim and son Henry, brother

Ron Hopkins, sisters Linda Riley, and Grace Benesh.

Jim was preceded in death by his

parents, Francis Hopkins and Thelma DeGering.

He is being cremated and services will

be in the spring of 2012.