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Theodore L. "Ted" Hopkins

Theodore L. Theodore Louis “Ted” Hopkins, PhD, age 89, a longtime Manhattan resident, died December 17, 2018, at Brookdale in Derby, Kansas.

He was born June 12, 1929, in San Diego, California, the son of Theodore Barney and Frances Ermel (Cline) Hopkins.

Dr. Hopkins graduated from high school in Drain, Oregon, earned his bachelors and masters from Oregon State University in Fisheries and Wildlife, and then his PhD from Kansas State University in Entomology.

Dr. Hopkins moved to Manhattan and was employed at Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor in Entomology in 1960, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1963 and then Professor in 1966. He retired in 1998.

He was a member of the College Avenue United Methodist Church, Entomological Society of America, American Association for Advancement of Science, Riley County Historical and Genealogical Society, Friend and Docent at Konza Prairie Biological Station, Orthopedist Society Friend of Insect Zoo, and Oregon Trail Association.

Dr. Hopkins enjoyed genealogy, gardening, photography, Civil War/western expansion history and travel, having spent time on six continents.

He was married to Colleen A. Miller on August 30, 1951. She preceded him in death in 1970. On July 9, 1971, in Salina, KS, he was married to Arlene A. McGregor. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2012. He was also preceded in death by daughter, Linda Hopkins, and step-daughter, Annaliese Briggs.

Survivors include his two children: David Hopkins (Jan) and Gail Hopkins, stepchildren Albert Goedde (Elaine) and Terezie Stanberry (Mike); three siblings: Nancy Moore of Penngrove, CA, Peter Hopkins (Mary Kay) of San Diego, CA, and Linda Hooks (Otto) of Berkley, CA; six grandchildren: Erin Entz (Lyndon), Mark Hopkins,(Jessica), Stephanie Mortensen (Per), Matt Hopkins (fiancé Kate Valentine), Becky Troutt (John) and Gwen Harvey; and eight great-grandchildren: Olivia, Alaina and Corinne Harvey, Tyson, Brody, Zeke and Lexie Entz and Luke Hopkins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 3rd, at the College Avenue United Methodist Church, 1609 College Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Dr. Dennis L. Ackerman officiating. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date in Sunset Cemetery next to Arlene, Linda and Colleen.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Konza Prairie Research Excellence Fund and the Ted Hopkins Colloquium Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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