WFFW
ED 'KID' HOPKE WAS A MEMBER OF OUR HIBBING
CHAPTER IN MINNESOTA. KID WAS ALSO ONE OF
OUR ORIGINAL 13 NAVY BROTHERS, WHO, WHILE
ABOARD THE USS SHANGRI-LA AIRCRAFT CARRIER
IN FEBUARY 1967, CREATED THE WARLOCKS MC,
WITH THE IDEAL THAT EACH OF THESE BROTHERS
WOULD RETURN TO THEIR OWN HOMETOWNS AND
THERE CREATE A WARLOCKS MC CHAPTER. KID
ALSO BECAME A MEMBER OF A JACKSONVILLE
FLORIDA WARLOCKS CHAPTER FOUNDED IN JULY
1967 BY SCOTTY HAYWARD
(ANOTHER 13 ORIGINAL),
WHO DECIDED TO MAKE JACKSONVILLE HIS HOME.
KID WOULD BECOME THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF
THAT CHAPTER IN 1969. BUT IN THE SPRING OF
1970, BROTHER KID WOULD CLOSE THAT CHAPTER
DOWN AND HEADED BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN IN
HIBBING. SINCE LOSING CONTACT WITH HIS OLD
SHIPMATES AND BELIEVING THAT THE WARLOCKS
WAS SIMPLY A NAVY DREAM, HE BONDED WITH
OTHER HIBBING BIKERS AND THEY FORMED THE
IRON RANGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB. BUT IN MARCH
1973, AS AN IRMC MEMBER, KID VACATIONED IN
DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA FOR BIKEWEEK, WHILE
THERE, HE RAN INTO OUR ORLANDO WARLOCKS,
FOUNDED BY GRUB FREELAND
(ANOTHER OF THE
ORIGINAL 13). A
FTER SEEING THE WARLOCKS MC
HAD STARTED UP IN ORLANDO AND GRUB WAS
TRYING TO BUILD A STRONG BROTHERHOOD, KID
RETURNED BACK TO  HIBBING, CALLED TOGETHER
ALL HIS IRMC CLUB, AND INFORMED THEM THAT
HE WAS RESIGNING TO START UP A WARLOCKS
MINNESOTA CHAPTER. THAT ANY OF HIS IRMC
MEMBERS THAT WANTED, COULD COME WITH HIM.
ONLY OUR BROTHER SOOTIE TOOK THAT OFFER,
TOGETHER THEY BECAME THE FOUNDATION OF
OUR MINNESOTA WARLOCKS MC CHAPTER MARCH
9, 1973. OUR BROTHER KID HOPKE NEVER MET A
STRANGER, HE WAS LOVED AND RESPECTED ALL
AROUND NORTHERN MINNESOTA BY ANYONE THAT
REALLY GOT TO KNOW HIM. HE WAS WELL KNOWN
AS QUITE A GOOD 'CONVERSATIONALIST', SIMPLY
PUT, HE COULD TALK YOUR EARS RIGHT OFF!!   
BORN IN BAGLEY MINNESOTA, KID GREW UP AND
LIVED IN HIBBING ALL THE REST OF HIS LIFE. KID
AND HIS WIFE SHELLY WERE MARRIED 42 YEARS
AND THEY RAISED TWO SONS JEFF AND CHUCK.
AFTER THE NAVY, BROTHER KID WORKED AS A
IRON WORKER, BUT EVENTUALLY HE OPENED AND
OPERATED A MOTORCYCLE SHOP CALLED H & H
MOTORCYCLE.  HE LOVED WORKING ON HARLEYS  
HE WOULD SPEND MOST OF HIS DAYS, IN HIS SHOP
WORKING ON THEM & EVERY TYPE MOTORCYCLE.
WHEN EVER HE WAS OUT AND ABOUT AND FOUND
A RIDER IN NEED, HE DIDN'T HESITATE TO STOP &
JUMP RIGHT IN TO GET HIM BACK ON THE ROAD.  
SEVERAL YEARS BACK OUR BROTHER DEVELOPED
LUNG CANCER, WHEN THE DOCTOR TOLD HIM HE
NEEDED TO THINK ABOUT GETTING HIS AFFAIRS IN
ORDER, AT FIRST HE KEPT THAT TO HIMSELF, SO
MANY NEVER KNEW HIS REAL SITUATION, TILL HIS
MEDICAL NEEDS BEGAN TO MAKE IT APPARENT
TO EVERYONE ABOUT HIS LOOMING FATE. OUR
BROTHER ENDURE THROUGH ALL THE KNOWN
TREATMENTS, BUT THE DISEASE CONTINUED TO
PROGRESS. CRIPPLED UP FROM ARTHRITIS AND
UNABLE TO SPEAK CLEARLY, HE STRUGGLED
DAILY TO KEEP UP A GOOD ATTITUDE FOR THOSE
AROUND HIM. OUR BROTHER KID WAS A FIGHTER
AND HE LIVED FAR LONGER THEN HIS DOCTORS
HAD ORIGINALLY PREDICTED HE WOULD. BUT ON
THE AFTERNOON OF OCTOBER 28, 2014, BROTHER
KID HOPKE QUIETLY PASSED AWAY, SITTING IN HIS
RECLINER, WITH HIS FAMILY AND OUR BROTHERS
WATCHING OVER HIM. ON THAT DAY WE ALL LOST
A DEAR FRIEND AND A TRUE WARLOCK BROTHER.
RIDE IN PEACE DEAR BROTHER, WE MISS YOU.  
  WARLOCK FOREVER FOREVER WARLOCK!