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February 12th, 1958 – Monday, April 12, 2010

Service Information
Big Coulee Presbyterian Church in Peever
Friday, April 16th, 2010
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Varden Lee Hopkins Sr., age 52 of Sisseton, South Dakota entered the spirit world on Monday, April 12th, 2010 at Coteau Des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Varden was born the son of Joyce Hopkins and Tony Ross on February 12th, 1958 in Sisseton, South Dakota.

On October 7th, 1994, Varden was married to Esther “Molly” LaFromboise in Sisseton.
Varden enjoyed playing sports while in high school, playing football he was quarter back, and he loved to wrestle as well. Varden graduated from Marsh Valley High School in 1977. Varden’s hobbies that filled his time were working on model cars, playing card games and pool, fishing, watching NASCAR, and supporting his favorite team, the Washington Redskins, and listening to country music. He worked in Idaho for the railroad in the late 70’s and then moved back to Sisseton having several different jobs. Varden will fill our hearts with memories of being loving, outgoing and humorous.

Varden is survived by his loving family: wife Esther “Molly” LaFromboise; children: Varden Hopkins Jr. of Sioux Falls, SD; LeeAnna LaFromboise of Sisseton, SD; Shania LaFromboise of Sisseton, SD; and Shelby Hopkins of Sisseton, SD. Grandchildren: Jennifer Lott, Taeren Holderman, and Lorenzo LaFromboise.
Sister: Christine (Lynes) Ree of Sisseton, SD
Adopted sisters: Rachel Hamilton of New Hampshire; Jerry Hamilton of Hew Hampshire; and Valerie Paul of Veblen, SD.
Foster parents: Charles and Ethel Cornell of Jacksonville, FL.
Aunts: Pauline Kipp of Granite Falls, MN and Antie Mary Bear of Sisseton, SD.
Numerous, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by: his parents Joyce Hopkins and Tony Ross; son Levi Hopkins; sister Antoinette Ross; grandparents Jesse and Mary Hopkins.

Honorary Casket Bearers are all family and friends and dialysis staff at I.H.S. and Home Health Care Providers at Coteau Hospital, and Roger Maris from the Cancer Center, Merit Care, and Waylon Dumarze, and Joel Biddell.
Casket Bearers: Jason Biddell, Jordan Biddell, Dewayne Waletich Jr., Craig Allrunner, Harold Amos, Marceil Hopkins, Lucas Free, Sheldon Kipp, Daniel Ross.

Funeral Service held Friday April 16th, 2010 at 2 PM at the Big Coulee Ascension Presbyterian Church near Sisseton, in Peever, South Dakota. Rev. Big Horn Officiating and Drum Group: Dakota Nation.

The Chilson Funeral Home is proud to have served the family…

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Andrea and Dewain Waletich Jr.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. Varden will always be remembered for his willingness and hard work on the farm.

  2. Jodell Crawford

    Sorry to hear about your loss, Molly. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your children.

  3. Zelma D. Flute

    Our prayers for you and your family. We are deeply sorry and God Bless.

  4. F. Ward

    “I offer my sympathy during this difficult time for your family, may strength from our God above will help you bear your grief. i pray the hope found in God’s Word for the time when sickness, pain, and even death are things of the past. This promise has helped me in my times of loss, I pray they will do the same for you.” Acts 24:15, Revelation 21:4,


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