Let the memory of Richard be with us forever
  • 65 years old
  • Born on August 8, 1950 .
  • Passed away on April 4, 2016 .

Richard Allan Hoppenworth, 65, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away suddenly Monday, April 4, 2016 at his home.

A native of Bremer County, Iowa, he was the son of the late Walter Hoppenworth and Elda Korte Biesterfelt. He was an industrial engineer and worked at Northern Telecom for twenty-two years.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Dave Currin. Burial will follow the service at South Granville Memorial Gardens in Stem.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Hoppenworth of the home, a son, Trevor W. Hoppenworth of the home, a sister, Louise Krueger of Iowa, a brother, James Biesterflet of Colorado. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Hoppenworth.

Visitation will be held Saturday April 16, 2016 from 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to NC Veterinary Medical Foundation for Equine Medical Education, 1060 William Moore Dr. Raleigh, N.C. 27607.


Posted by Butch Gooch on August 8, 2017
Happy Birthday to Rich Hoppenworth. I'm sorry but I am going to be a bit Greedy with the stories about Rich that I know of. The one thing that I did want to say is no news to anyone. That is that Richard Hoppenworth was one of the Finest People that I have ever known. He has helped me and my Family numerous times. All the Best to Judy and their Son Trevor. Butch Gooch
Posted by Butch Gooch on August 8, 2016
Happy Birthday Rich! We are still here missing you. I know that you are fine. By now if it is possible you have had a couple of Drinks with Buck. As I said in your first memorial, You are still one of the Finest People that I have ever had the Pleasure to meet and have him call me Friend. All the Best to you and Buck too! I hope to have a Drink with the Both of you someday. Butch
Posted by Judy Stancil on April 15, 2016
Jane and Trevor after reading all these tributes and stories of Rich, I am so sorry that we never had an opportunity to be around him more. I only met Rich once so it is nice to hear what a kind and gentle man he was too so many.
I am so sorry you lost him so soon, but as some have said, he will be watching over you guys when you are riding.
Posted by Butch Gooch on April 14, 2016
Wow, I am so surprised and Heartbroken right now. Rich was one of the Finest Men that I have ever had the pleasure to know. I was Proud to call him my Friend and even more Proud to have him call me his. What a Wonderful Human being!! All the Best to your Family and Thank You for everything!! Butch Gooch
Posted by Ray Dean on April 12, 2016
With a heavy heart, it is difficult to put into words the loss of Rich. He has lead Lynn and myself on numerous trails, both easy and difficult. This is how we became to know this horseman. He had a great knowledge of horses and trails that we learned to respect. If Rich was in the group, you need not worry, because he was capable of handling any situation. He was not only tall in the saddle, but tall in the community. Rich exemplified how to be a good neighbor, always willing to help anyone in need and we thank you. Your laugh, the trails, your cooking, friendship, we will truly miss. We thank God for you and all the times together. You have truly made our lives RICHER with a lot of good time memories. Go ride high on that mountain, Rich.
Posted by Shirley Cates on April 10, 2016
My heart is broken. Tomorow marks one week since receiving the most shocking news in my life. I could say Rich was always a dear friend that was always "a phone call away" but that would not be true. Rich was the friend there without you asking, there to be sure you were okay when the power was out, there when things went wrong whether at your home or on a horse. I cannot phantom the thought of not seeing his smiling face, hear his laughter or share the many hours of riding together and all the get togethers full of laughter and companionship. Rich has been taking care of me since 1986 from riding at the Eno in deep water on a short horse to the week before he died on a horse scared to go home by himself. Always therre, always knowing the right thing to do and a heart of gold. He loved doing for people and his kind spirit and friendship have truly been one of a kind. He has left a huge void in my life and so many others. He left an inspiration in me thru his kind nature, wisdom, and true friendship. My life has been touched by you in so many ways and you will be greatly missed. Happy Trails to you-
Posted by Terri Smith on April 8, 2016
We all have been shocked to hear that Rich will no longer be at the front of the string of horses and riders on the trails. Rich always put others first and we all looked up to him. I remember my last ride with Rich,  We rode the last leg of the ride to my turn off. I was wondering if my horse would take my turnoff or continue on following Rich and his horse. When she kept following Rich,he kindly said " I guess she is more social than lazy."  Rich always said and did the right things.

I will think of him often when I am riding. I am sure he will be looking down on us enjoying the ride too. 

I will miss this kind man.
Posted by Mary Burns on April 6, 2016
At high school in Tripoli, Iowa we called Rich, "Hoppy" as we graduated together in 1968. First cousins we were. He was so tall and smart. I think the whole world will miss him.
Posted by Sherry Johnson on April 6, 2016
I was sorry to hear about Rich's passing. I worked with him for years at Nortel. He also shared the love of horses with my sisters and I. I will never forget the long ride we all took with my 3 year old green broke horse. He did not like to cross any water or creeks. After 2 hours of many creek crossings, my old body couldn't take any more. Rick offered to switch horses and give the old girl (me) a break. That was the type of man Rick was when he joined our trail rides. He's big old beautiful smile will be missed. Prayers to Jane and the family from me and the family and I. Love, Cindy, Doug, Sherry, Robyn, Tonya Davis. The Davis Gang.
Posted by Danny/Becky Dean on April 5, 2016
So sorry to get this unexpected and heartfelt news. It has been a shock for us as well as others, Rich will be missed, he is such a nice person and was always there for everyone. When we went on trail rides, Rich looked after all of us. I know one time my hat blew off, Rich got off his horse and got my hat for me, another time my horse lost a shoe, yes, Rich got off and got the shoe for me. Just an example of how he looked after the trail riders, not just me but anyone who needed his help, he was there. May God be with Rich's family, give them peace and comfort during this sad time. And to Rich, may you ride Happy Trails in Heaven, we'll miss you!!

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