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