Jim Hopengardner, 84, of Hutchinson, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born September 7, 1933, in Hutchinson, to Earl and Katie (Burling) Hopengardner.

Jim Hopengardner
Jim Hopengardner, 84, of Hutchinson, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born September 7, 1933, in Hutchinson, to Earl and Katie (Burling) Hopengardner.
Jim graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1951. He served in the United States Navy, during the Korean War, from 1953 to 1955. Jim was the owner of Central Glass, working there for over 46 years. After retirement from Central Glass, he worked at the Hutchinson Clinic in the building and maintenance department for 14 years. Jim called and taught square dancing, volunteered at the Kansas Cosmosphere for several years, was a Boy Scout leader and trainer, and worked part-time at the Kansas State Fair for over 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68. In addition, Jim was a member of the Midian Shrine Temple in Wichita, and volunteered driving children to Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, where he was a member of the Midian Shriner's 'Cartoon Unit'. Jim was a 32nd Degree Mason and past Master of the Hutchinson-Reno Masonic Lodge #124 A.F. & A.M. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Jim was adventurous, earning a pilot's license at age 60 and sky-diving for his 60th birthday.
On June 22, 1952, he married Patricia Ann 'Pat' Miller in Hutchinson. They shared almost 66 years of marriage.
Jim is survived by: wife, Pat; son, Mark Hopengardner (Kim); daughter, Lynn Harris (Larry Kucharo); granddaughter, Jamie Harris; grandson, Clint Harris (Ashleigh) and their children, Carter and Dahlia, all of Hutchinson; and sister-in-law, Betty Wyer (PeeWee) of Nickerson.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Earl Hopengardner; and sister, Betty Spain.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman, Hutchinson, with the Reverend Mark H. Miller officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Private family inurnment will take place in the church columbarium. Friends may sign the book from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Elliott Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Hospice of Reno County, or Cancer Council of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.