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Don Louis Hopper

Canton – Don Louis Hopper, 83, of Canton, passed away at 2:55 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at The Loft in Canton, IL. He was born on March 6, 1937 in Galesburg, IL to Orrin Henry and Maxine Lois (Maxwell) Hopper. He married Gladys Ann Curtis on June 17, 1962 in Galva, IL. She preceded him in death on December 15, 2016.

Don was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dale C. Hopper.

Surviving are two children, Janet (Tim) Crouse of Cuba, IL and Kay (David) Guth of Roanoke, IL; four grandchildren, Kyle Guth, Elizabeth Guth, Zachary Crouse, Nicholas Crouse; two brothers, Norman C. (the late Betty) Hopper of Canton and Roy D. (Rachel) Hopper of Canton; and many nieces and nephews.

Don worked as a journalist for Peoria Journal Star and WBYS. He was a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton, IL where he was involved in all the church activities, a fifty year member of the Morning Star Lodge 734, member of the Canton American Legion Post 16, the Mohammed Shriners, the Peoria Consistory Scottish Rite, served on the Canton Bicentennial Committee, and also worked with Region Baseball Programs. Don loved reading and his animals.

Don served in the United States Navy.

Graveside service with military honors will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at White Chapel Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Canton, IL. Pastor Micah Garnett will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Becky Shumaker

    Reply July 16, 2020 5:40 pm

    Janet, I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Don many years ago when he worked for the paper & I worked at the courthouse. Sending prayers of comfort to you and the rest of the family. Becky Shumaker

  • Brian & Michelle (Brown) Long

    Reply July 16, 2020 6:01 pm

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • John Welch

    Reply July 17, 2020 8:11 am

    My sincere condolences to the Hopper Family & especially my buddy Roy on the passing of Don. I remember him well, as he was just ahead of me in CSHS. Don was a wonderful religious man & will be missed by all. God bless. John Welch

  • Noelle Conrad

    Reply July 17, 2020 11:15 am

    I remember seeing him at the Loft with the Lutheran Church Choir on Christmas.
    I wish I got to know him more.
    He seemed like a great guy.
    Many condolences for Don’s Family and church family at this time.

  • George M Meacham

    Reply July 17, 2020 6:47 pm

    I knew Don real well. When I was on the fire department Don covered all the fire department news real good. He was always there for us. God bless Don an God Bless his family. RIP brother

  • Donald St Clair

    Reply July 20, 2020 8:35 am

    Condolences and prayers to Don and Glady’s family they were good people.

  • Dale Morse

    Reply July 20, 2020 8:52 pm

    My condolence to the family, I new Don thru the Lutheran Church when I was the Organist and you couldn’t have met a nicer person, always a warm “Hello”

  • Warren Baxter

    Reply July 21, 2020 10:26 am

    My condolences to the family. I knew Don for many years and he was a great guy. It seemed we always ended up talking baseball.

  • Don Anderson

    Reply July 22, 2020 2:25 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family. You have our condolences.
    Love, Don & Dot Anderson

  • Don Edwards

    Reply July 24, 2020 10:16 am

    Our thoughts are with Don”s family I work with him for several years he was a good Guy- Don and Shirley Edwards

  • Katrina and Mike Hamilton

    Reply July 25, 2020 8:12 am

    Our sympathies to all the Hopper family on your loss. We hope you find comfort as you share together the many memories you have and tell those family stories with one another.
    Katrina and Mike Hamilton

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