Arthur R. Hoppe
Arthur R. “Art” Hoppe, 85, Stevens Point, a contractor and
real estate broker, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 3016, at his home while under the
care of Ministry Hospice after battling bladder cancer for the past four years.
At his request, no visitation or funeral services will be
held. He will be cremated and
taken to Racine where his ashes will join his parents and siblings.
Shuda Funeral Homes and Crematory in Stevens Point and
Plover assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at
Mr. Hoppe was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Racine, a son of the
late Charles and Clara (Wendt) Hoppe.
He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 11, 1951, until his
honorable discharge June 10, 1953, from Camp Carson, Colo., serving during the
He was married to Delores “Dee” Mosey Oct. 27, 1956, at St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
After military service, he worked at Nash in Milwaukee.
He started a career in construction working with Chet Krause
and as a union carpenter prior to starting his own construction company, Stasko
and Hoppe Builders, followed by Art Hoppe Builders, until his retirement in
1982. He also had a real estate broker license under Art Hoppe Realtors.
His lifelong passion and expertise was in Model A Ford cars.
He became an expert at restoring Model A Fords and fellow Model A enthusiasts would
track him down for advice or talk to him about their hobby. Every
year at the Iola Car show he would sell Model A parts.
He was a honorary member of the Model A Ford Club of America
and was instrumental
in obtaining the land which now houses the local chapter of the club where the
annual state wide Model A reunion is held. He was an active participant in the
club events, including acting as an auctioneer with his daughter to raise funds
for the club. He restored cars and made his own parts.
Survivors include his wife, Dee; one daughter, Chris (Joe)
Keller; one son, Randy (Teri) Hoppe; two sisters, Ida Olson, Iola, and Trudy
Sloan, Missouri; one brother, Fred Hoppe, Arkansas; two grandsons; and four
He was also preceded in death by one infant son; four sisters,
Marge, Virge, Eleanor and Bertha; and two brothers, Chuck and Walter.