Charles Edward “The Kid” Hopke

November 6, 2014

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Charles Edward “The Kid” Hopke, who while serving aboard the USS Shangri La in February 1967 became one of the 13 original founders of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club, has died.

The thirteen young sailors agreed on the name Warlocks, designed the club’s blazing eagle insignia and agreed to found a chapter of their new club in each of their hometowns after they were discharged. The chapter founded by Tom “Grub” Freeland in Orlando became the club’s mother chapter. Hopke founded the club’s Hibbing, Minnesota chapter.

Hopke was an iron worker most of his life and in his free time he liked to ride, work on and talk about motorcycles. He owned H and H Motorcycle Repair in Hibbing. When it got too cold to ride he liked to go ice fishing.

Hopke is survived by his wife Shelly; his sons Jeffrey and Charles; his two blood brothers Wayne and Michael; his sisters Susan and Camilla; his sister-in-law Debbie Dew, his grandchildren Sage, Madison and Savanna; several nieces and nephews; and his club brothers.

Charles Edward “The Kid” Hopke died peacefully at home on October 28. He was 67. There will be a memorial service for him at the Warlocks clubhouse in Kelly Lake, Minnesota this Saturday, November 8 at two in the afternoon.

He helped make something bigger than himself.

Requiscat In Pace


14 Responses to “Charles Edward “The Kid” Hopke”

  1. Paul(PJ) Says:

    Condolences to those left behind.

  2. Chuck H Says:

    Thanks to all the awsome hart felt comments about kid my father.also a special thanks to all the brothers who made the trip up to hibbing,mn for the funeral.

  3. Jim666 Says:

    R.I.P. KID.

    Condolences to the Warlock nation.
    Family and friends.

  4. RVN69 Says:

    Condolences to the Brothers, Family and Friends of “The Kid” may he ride in peace forever.

    They say that as long as you are remembered, you are not really gone, I believe “The Kid” will be around for a long time.

    Respect to the Warlocks M/C

  5. Whitepride Says:

    Condolences to the brothers and family of “The Kid” Hopke. RIP sir!

  6. Drifter Says:

    Condolences and sympathies to his Family, Friends, and Club Brothers…

    Godspeed Sir…

  7. Animal WMC Melbourne Says:

    Thanks to all of you for the kind words about my Brother Kid 1%er LWDW he was a class act a great Brother and a man true to his word and wise beyond my years ,I appreciated the knowledge and counsel He Had shared with me and the loss of Brothers like him somehow lessens us all , To all of you who read this site and actualy understand whats said on these pages by Rebel and people who even if they may be on diffrent teams but share a love of this life we lead ill share this
    I Wanna Remind ALL My Bothers (and all of you) as Long as Im Breathing That Remember Our FREEBIRDS (passed Brothers) Everyday ,Teach your Prospects this and Keep it always in Your Heart and teach those up coming .Its Really How Our Brothers Gone and Ourselves Will Truly Live Forever and Will Rise from the Ashes Daily in the Minds and Hearts of Brothers Now and Those Who Weren’t Born Yet!!!!

  8. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Rest In Peace Kid, ride the wind Sir.

    My very best to the Warlock Nation.

    Viva Los Vagos

  9. Rusty Says:

    I appreciated Kid and how he treated me the one time we met and the long conversation we had.
    RIP Kid….condolences to family and the 23 Nation.

  10. BMW Says:

    “Kid” (few people knew him as Ed) was an original, one of a kind, 1% biker. He was one of the original 13 who founded the Warlocks MC on the attack carrier Shangri-La. He started in 1967 and he is one of those men that helped create the entire motorcycle 1% legend. Like many of us, he was a skilled construction worker and motorcycles were his passion. His passion for motorcycles grew to the point that he eventually owned his own motorcycle shop.

    Kid was a natural leader, and willing to take the time to help almost everyone. Unlike some older bikers, he made the time to talk to the younger bikers from the generations that followed him. Since he was in living in Hibbing, Minnesota, he had plenty of time for wrenching and talking during those cold winter months. He made an impression on a lot of younger bikers who then went on to join his club and other clubs. He was widely respected for his knowledge and his wisdom.

    In recent years, Kid fought cancer and arthritis, but to talk to him, you wouldn’t know it. He kept a good attitude, and did not like to talk about his problems, even though the arthritis bent his fingers and the cancer stole his breath. He was a tough guy, and I’m surprised that cancer took his life.

    Kid was a great man, a real man, and I am proud to have known him and call him friend and Brother. Condolences to his wife, Shelley, his sons Jeffrey and Charles, his Warlock brothers, his family and his many friends from other clubs and the community on this loss. Kid is now riding with the Warlock Freebird Chapter, but he will ride forever in the hearts and memories of bikers all over the MidWest and throughout the world.

    L,H&R to Kid and all other 1% Riders!!!
    May He Ride in Peace Forever!!!

  11. 10GUAGE Says:

    My Respects and Sincere condolences to his Brothers, Family, and Friends.

  12. JMacK Says:

    Respects and condolences to the Family and Brothers of Kid1%er.


  13. Rat 1%er Says:

    RIP Kid 1%er. You were one of a kind and I will never forget you. See you on the other side brother

  14. RtC Says:

    RIP Warlock “The KID” Hopke. CONDOLENCES to Brothers, Family & Friends on
    your passing May you be GBNF.
    RESPECTS for the REAL

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