Ronald R. Hopf was born on July 10, 1937 in Turner County, South Dakota to Agnes (Kehn) and Herbert Hopf. He died peacefully at home at North Ranch, Congress, AZ on December 29, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a daughter, Ronda Lea Hopf, a brother Randall Hopf and a sister Roxanne Hopf.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, JerrieLea (Oaks), a son Mark (Tara) Hopf, two daughters Susanne (Timothy) Rericha, and Sara (David) Smelser, and 6 grandchildren, Loryn, Katarina (Benjamin), Shannon, Edyth, Jamie Rericha and Brianna Hopf, a great-grandchild, James Rericha, his sister Renee(Chuck) Withrow, and several nieces and nephews.
Ron went to school in rural South Dakota and then to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. He also worked construction with his father and later for a company building grain elevators. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed on the border in Germany when the Berlin Wall went up.
After his military service, he attended DeVry Tech in Chicago and upon graduation started working at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois as a Nuclear Technician, retiring in 2002.
He was an active member of the Romeoville, Illinois Jaycees, serving in many offices including State Vice President and JCI Senator and led many service projects for the community. He also served on the Village of Romeoville Board.
Upon retirement he and JerrieLea traveled in an RV all over the United States and were active in the Escapees RV Club serving as staff at over 20 Escapades. They retired off the road and settled at North Ranch in Congress, Arizona where he served on the Advisory Committee.
Ron served as Elder and Trustee of the Romeoville Presbyterian Church in Romeoville, IL, Trustee of DuPage Presbyterian Church in Bolingbrook, IL, and Elder and Commissioner to Presbytery for the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church in Yarnell, AZ.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church at a later