Funeral services for Clarence Albert "Jim" Hoppe were held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 at 11 a.m. from St. John's Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Interment, New Ulm Cemetery. Visitation, Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 from 6-8 p.m.at Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Sealy. Clarence Albert "Jim" Hoppe was born the fourth son of Paul A. and Marie Schuette Hoppe on June 21, 1919, at Post Oak Point, near Industry, where he was reared and attended school. In October, 1939, he married Nancie E. Brokmeyer and they remained husband and wife until death parted them when she passed away in 1999. They had two sons, Layne and Albert and lived successively in Van Vleck, Sealy and Brenham. At his passing, Clarence was a resident of Nesbit Nursing Home in Seguin. At his death, he had reached the age of 87 years. Clarence was a devout Christian. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg by the Rev. Gus Szillat in August, 1919 and confirmed in New Ulm on Oct. 7, 1933 at St. John's Lutheran Church by the Rev. H.C. Poehlmann. St. John's was his church home as he grew to adulthood. He and Nancie, also a member of St. John's, were married by Rev. Leo Simon in Frelsburg at the pastor's residence of Trinity Lutheran. Most notably, Clanence was a leader in the establishment of a mission congregation at Bay City near Van Vleck, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, where he and his family were members for many years, and where he served on the church council and as Sunday School Superintendent. In later years he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy and Emanuel's Lutheran Church in Seguin. The son and grandson of farmers, Clarence first followed in their steps but soon moved into the occupational fields of tractor and auto mechanics, in which he labored for most of his working life, and at which he excelled. At the same time he contributed to his community by being elected and twice re-elected to the Van Vleck School Board, and helped establish the Van Vleck Fire Department, where he also served a Chief. In 1944 Clarence was inducted into the U.S. Army and served until the Second World War drew to a close; in later years he became an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as a Commander and was also a Disabled American Veteran. Clarence is survived by his sons Layne D. Hoppe and wife Pat of Seguin and Albert D. Hoppe and wife Marcia of Katy; sister and brother-in-law, Elsie Brokmeyer Pierce and John Pierce of Metairie, La.; sister-in-law Esther Franke Hoppe of Seguin; grandchildren, John K. Hoppe and wife Donna Cvet of Arlington Mass., Leslie M. Hoppe Koch and husband Fred of Corpus Christi, Christopher Albert Hoppe and wife Jennifer of Cedar Park, Texas and Michelle Marie Hoppe Stone and husband Scott of Katy; nephews Charles Hoppe of Gasse, Texas, Ronald Brune of Sealy, James Brokmeyer of Katy, Donald Brokmeyer of New Ulm, Randy Brokmeyer of Terrell, Texas and nieces Brenda Brune Tonn of New Ulm, Helen Marie Hoppe Franzisko of Bay City, Penny Pierce Neese of Boerne, Texas, Nancy Pierce Dibler of Richmond, Texas, Karen Hoppe Hindelang of San Antonio, Joyce Hoppe Scott of San Antonio, Dorothy Hoppe Blair of Seguin and Robin Brokmeyer Maertz of Alleyton; and great grandchildren, Chase, Charlie, Gabriel, Dean, Lucy and Luke Hoppe, Samantha Cvet Hoppe and Shea Stone. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Hilliard, Allen and Palmer Hoppe. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Hospice Care (local agency) or Charity of Choice. Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel in Sealy.
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