Marvin Victor Hoppenworth, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, June 4, 2018, at Hallmar Care Center. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Jude Catholic Church by the Rev. Dennis Juhl. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Teahen Funeral Home, where friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at the church.
Marvin is survived by his "best" wife, Catherine; one son, Bill (Beverly) Hoppenworth of Maryville, Tenn.; a daughter, Mary Dobrochowski of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Michael, Wendy, Mary and Allan Hoppenworth, Jennifer (Andrew) Vaughan, Marisa Dobrochowski and Amy (Mike) Allcox; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Merle Hoppenworth of Slater; and two sisters, Marlene Meyer of Sumner and Maybeth (Virgil) Graening of Tennessee.
Marv was preceded in death by his son, Jay Hoppenworth.
Marv was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Tripoli, the son of Erwin and Laura Korte Hoppenworth. He was a graduate of Tripoli High School and Cal-Aero Tech in Glendale, Calif. He married Catherine Whittle on Sept. 4, 1954, in Volga City.
Marv retired in 1990 from Rockwell Collins at the airport as an aircraft mechanic. Throughout his life, he served as an aircraft mechanic instructor at Hawkeye Community College and a technical counselor for the FAA, and was heavily involved in the EAA. Marv designed the plans for pedal planes for children and established the Aviation Products Co. Inc., which is still active today in Cedar Rapids. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, the EAA, the Quiet Birdmen and was a past member of the Civil Air Patrol and the Knights of Columbus. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Marv enjoyed telling the same joke over and over, dancing, traveling and going to movies. He attended the Oshkosh Air Show for over 60 years.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.