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Robert V. "Zeke" Hoppel
April 28, 1949 ~ November 27, 2018 (age 69)

CASTORLAND – Robert V. “Zeke” Hoppel, 69, passed away Tuesday evening, November 27, 2018, at his home.

Zeke was born on April 28, 1949, in Lowville, to the late Vernon and Edna Aucter Hoppel.  In 1966, he graduated from Father Leo Memorial School and in 1968 from Canton Agricultural and Technical College (ATC).  While at Canton ATC, he joined the Alpha Theta Gamma Fraternity.  Later, he, also, attended Cornell University.  On August 9, 1969, he married Shirley A. Kerfien at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Moore officiating.  He worked for Crowley Foods in LaFargeville from June 1969 to November 1969.  Then, for many years, he owned and operated a Dairy Farm on the Swiss Road with his brother Carl.  In May of 1979, together with his wife, he purchased the Gerald Hoppel Farm.  He was on the board of directors and a secretary for the Deer River Milk Co-Op from 2004 until its closing.  He worked for John Farney Construction and MJL Crushing of Lowville until his death.  A communicant   of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, he served on the Beaver River Central School Board from 1988 to 1998 as well. Zeke enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends, especially with his grandchildren.  In addition, he loved playing the guitar and the mandolin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Brian Reape, of Castorland, Sheri and Jason Cossey, of Saratoga, and Tracy and Gary Goldthrite, Jr., of Castorland; four grandchildren:  Rebecca, Caleb, Nathan, and Sarah; five step-grandchildren:  Jemray, Joshua, Cole, Dylan, and Brandon; his siblings and their spouses:  Carl and Doris Hoppel, of Castorland, Doris and Dennis Kloster, of Castorland,  James “Jumbo” and Karen Hoch, of Carthage, Lynda and Eldon Spinks of Croghan, William “Joe” and Karen Hoch, of Castorland, Lucy and Rod Mattis, of Castorland, Ralph “Goober” and Beth Hoch, of Croghan, and Mary and Peter Meyer, of Lowville; a sister- and brother-in-law, Helen and Bill Raymond; a brother-in-law and his companion, Joe Kerfien and Mary Lyng, of Lowville; and four aunts:  Alice Bush, MaryLou Cullen, Ruth Aucter, and Doris Mack; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is predeceased by a daughter, Diane Marie Hoppel, who died at birth; and his step-father, William Hoch.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Croghan, with Rev. Donald Manfred, officiating.  A spring burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.  Calling hours are scheduled from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville.  Contributions may be made to the Beaver Falls Ambulance Service, 9583 Main Street, Beaver Falls, New York 13305, or to the Lewis County Fund for Hope, 7785 North State Street, Lowville, New York 13367.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2018.

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