A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date
Kenneth Paul Dopkins, age 73 of Osceola WI and formerly of River Falls WI, died on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Ken was born September 28, 1947 in River Falls WI to parents Marvin and Delores (Weschcke) Dopkins. Ken graduated from River Falls High School, where he played basketball, and was a member of the golf team. He went on to further his education at the 916 Vo-Tech School, and serve his country in the Army Reserve. On February 24, 1968 Ken was united in marriage to Betty Jean Jenson. Their union in marriage would be blessed with two children, and over 46 years of love and devotion before Betty’s passing in 2014.
Ken worked for many years as a supervisor with St. Croix Manufacturing in Bayport, and then as a Class A Operator with the City of River Falls power plant. Ken was a member of both the Moose Lodge and the American Legion. Ken took pride in being the kind of guy who kept organized, and constantly worked to monitor all his affairs. He had an affinity for the outdoors, and thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing, and hitting the 4-wheeler trails. Ken loved to sit by the water, or just cozy up to a fire at his lake home. It’s the kind of retirement he had dreamt of. Ken also cherished the time spend with his grandkids and great-grandkids – they were his little prides and joys!
Ken is survived by his son, Tony Dopkins; his daughter, Angela Dopkins; grandchildren, Tom (Lucia) Dravis, and Alex (Megan) Dravis; great-grandkids, Josiah, Gabriella, Elijah, and Lila, as well as baby Benjamin, who is expected in December; his siblings, Anne Jensen, Joyce (Leo) Schueller, and Gerald Dopkins; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents, Marvin and Delores; and brothers, Roy and Charles.
With concern for others during this ongoing pandemic, Ken’s family will be planning for a celebration of his life to be held at a later date. In lieu of any flowers, a donation of funds, or blood, can be directed to the Red Cross in honor of Ken. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls. 715-425-5644