Eugene H. “Gene” Hoppe, 88

Eugene H. “Gene” Hoppe, age 88 of New Munich, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B. officiating.  Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church in New Munich.

Eugene Herman Hoppe was born November 27, 1923 in New Munich, Minnesota to Gerard and Rosina (Moscho) Hoppe.  On October 9, 1945 he was united in marriage to Dorine Krupa at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis.  The couple lived on the family farm for four years until moving into New Munich.  Gene drove truck locally for many years hauling cattle and grain until his stroke in 1986. Gene and Dorine loved attending the stroke group in St. Cloud and the many activities the group offered.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich and the Lions Club.  Gene was also a volunteer firefighter for New Munich.  He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Dorine Hoppe of New Munich; children, Wayne Hoppe, M.D., of Burlington, CO, Sue (Paul) Tembrock of Sartell, Dan Hoppe of New Munich, Vern Hoppe of Apple Valley, Laurie (Shoichi) Sugiyama of Keller, TX, and Andy (Laura) Hoppe of Little Falls; and grandchildren, Nick, Melissa, Andy, Matt, Michael, Aaron, Sachi, Hannah, and Sarah.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ben Hoppe, Nick Hoppe, Odillo Hoppe, and Jerome Hoppe;  sisters, Agnes Wagner and Emma Loecken; and daughter-in-law, June (Langer) Hoppe.

Serving as urn bearer will be Dr. Wayne Hoppe.  Cross bearer will be Sue Tembrock and scripture bearer will be Laurie Sugiyama.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.