George Dwayne Hoppe of Johnson City, Texas was born January 13, 1935 in Johnson City, Texas and passed away on January 3, 2011.
Dwayne grew up in the Cypress Mill community on the family ranch where they raised angora goats, sheep, cattle and ran a dairy for many years. He started school in Cypress Mill, Texas until it closed and then attended the remainder of his school years in Johnson City, Texas. Dwayne met Janette Odiorne Hoppe when they were classmates in school and soon fell in love. On April 9, 1954 they were married at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City and became very active members of the church.
Dwayne worked for the United States Postal Service in Johnson City and then became a mail carrier in the Kingsland area. A good day for Dwayne would be to rise early, get his day job of delivering mail out of the way, so he could work another six or seven hours baling hay, tending his livestock and working in his garden, so he could hurry home to a full supper he knew would be waiting for him. This meal always included homemade bread and fresh vegetables from the garden.
Dwayne was very active in the community. He was a director on the Soil and Water Conservation Board for 35 years, LCRA Advisory Board, Blanco County Fair and Rodeo Association, Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Johnson City Chamber Commerce, Johnson City Planning and Zoning Board, AgriLife Extension Leadership Advisory Board, Farm Bureau and Blanco County 4H and FFA Youth Council. He received numerous awards for his service and involvement in these associations. Some of his most cherished awards were the Johnson City Chamber Citizen of the Year Award, the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the State Hay Show Grand Champion in 1976. He was also very active in the First United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and his favorite service was being a church greeter.
He will forever be remembered with his thermos of coffee heading to the ranch or riding a John Deere tractor to bail his next field of hay. He loved livestock, country music, a good hay patch, his family and church.
Dwayne was preceded in death by his daughter Colette Hoppe and his parents Edwin and Violla Hoppe. He is survived by his loving wife Janette of 56 years and his daughter Camille Hoppe Swift and husband Todd. He is also survived by his three granddaughters, Amber Coleman Fry and husband Tommy; Brooke Coleman White and husband Casey; Brittni Coleman and fiancé Clayton Young. As well as one great-grandson, Truett Hayden Fry.
Visitation will held 5:00pm to 7:00pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Crofts Funeral Home and funeral services will be held at 10:00am Thursday, January 6, 2011 at The Liberty Lighthouse Church in Johnson City, Texas. Pallbearers will be Tommy Fry, Casey White, Clayton Young, Lance Odiorne, Brit Odiorne, Zach Johnson and Scott Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be the Vernon Birck family, the George Danz family, the Kermit Sultemeier family, David Coleman, Shelton Coleman, Howard Dufner, John Starr, Mark Liesmann, Mark Francis, his Emmaus group which included Bob Anderson, Tom Hardy, Lee B. Casparis, James Sultemeier, Bill Ellsbury and Jim Odiorne; and the Soil Water Conservation Board which included Ann Holt, Roy Bruemmer, Ralph Ebeling, Jim Odiorne and CA Cowsert, George Cunningham and Harold Lord. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.