Donald Edward Hopper, 63, of Midland passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 28, 2012. Don was born on August 20, 1949 in Dallas, Texas.
Known by his friends as Hoppy D, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, softball player, and bowler for many years. Don was very active in his children's and grandchildren's activities. He was a part of the Mighty Rebel Band from 1988-1994, making sure there was always plenty of water and apples for the band members. He also transported the band equipment to numerous band functions, including the Rose Parade in 1993. Don was PaPa to his seven grandchildren. He was proud of all them and they were his greatest joy.
Don graduated from Lee High School in 1968 and attended Odessa College. He worked in sales for Ozarka Water, Dr. Pepper, and the last 20 years for E.A. Sween Co. (Deli Express).
Don is predeceased by his mother, Delores Kubica, father, Vincent Hopper, and granddaughter, Carrie Gutierrez. He is survived by his wife, Sheila LeMay Hopper of Midland, son, Mike Hopper & wife Angela of Midland, daughters, Tressa Gutierrez & husband Mitchell of Midland, Melissa Chapman & husband Erick of McKinney, Texas. Dad, Frank Kubica & step-mother Janice of Kerrville, Texas. Brother Gary Hopper of Kennedale, Texas. Sisters, Nikki Wallace of Irving, Texas & Shellie Dent & husband Hardy of Lubbock, Texas. Grandchildren, Alexander Gutierrez, Allison Gutierrez, Kylie Hopper, Brandon Gutierrez, Ashlyn Chapman, Kinsey Hopper, & Brynn Chapman. Numerous nieces & nephews, and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Ellis Funeral Home from 6-8 PM. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10 AM at Crestview Baptist Church under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Jef Castillo, Tom Blase, Jr., Darrell Hawkins, Bobby Builta, Dusty Builta, Chris Phillips, Justin Oaks & Rick Darling.
Honorary Pallbearers are Bill Builta, Jim Builta, Bob Builta, Larry Clark, Walter Oaks, Lupe Salinas, Ted Novak, Mike Brandenberger, John Bob Hopkins, Tom Blase, Sr., David Collins & all his many softball and bowling buddies.