Age 47, of Farmington, MN
Micheal John Hopkins, age 47, of Farmington, MN gained his Heavenly reward on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. He went home while being surrounded by his family and friends. With unwavering faith, he courageously fought his battle with kidney cancer.
Mike was born to Gary and Ruth Hopkins on March 10th, 1970 in Knoxville, IA. In 1988, he graduated from Hudson High School. He went on to attend Dakota County Vocational College, where he met his wife, Carol Hopkins. They married on April 17th, 1993. Together, they made an incredible team and loved to serve others and Jesus.
Mike attended church at Zion Pentecostal Assembly in Inver Grove Heights, where he served as a minister. He was an entrepreneur who worked as a software engineer for Great Call and a health coach for My Health 90. He also founded several volunteer and community outreach programs including Mission 25 and Community Connection.
His family meant everything to him. He loved playing with his grandchildren, mushroom hunting, and flea market shopping with Carol. When he was outdoors, he was in his element. He loved all things hunting, fishing, firearms and camo. He believed anything could be fixed with a mobile app, an 11 minute nap, or duct tape. His hobbies included calculating random facts and data, playing the banjo, and making Carol’s crazy ideas a reality.
No matter your age, social status, or background, you were important to Mike. He loved unconditionally and gave selflessly. He never forgot a name. He was an inspiration to all those around him and has left an impact on each and every life he has come in contact with.
From atheist to minister, his life was a testament of the transformation, only God can do. He never forgot where God brought him from and reaching lost souls with the Gospel became his passion. He wanted everyone to experience what he had experienced. He loved Jesus and loved like Jesus.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, John (Gladys) Skrakrud, John (Vera) Hopkins; baby brother, Eric Hopkins; father-in-law, Paul Irrthum.
He is survived by parents, Gary and Ruth Hopkins; wife, Carol Hopkins; children, Terryn (Tony) Kocemba, John (Sara) Hopkins, Dani Jo Hopkins; grandchildren, Henry, Gabriel, Raelee, Owen; siblings, Patrick Hopkins (LaTisha), Brian Hopkins (Angie), Katy Gagne (Tim); mother-in-law, Sara Irrthum; brother-in-law, Daniel Irrthum; also many nieces and nephews.
Visitation Friday, February 16th 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Roberts Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Ave. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077. Funeral Service Saturday, February 17th 11:00 am Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 7600 Cahill Ave. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment St. Pius V. Church Cemetery, Cannon Falls, MN.