Rev. Roland A. Hopmann, a professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from 1974 until his retirement in 1989, died Tuesday, May 18, in Fargo, N.D. He was 81 years old.
Visitation will be Friday, May 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Stenshoel Houske Funeral Home, 615 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston, Minn., and one hour prior to the service on Saturday, May 22, 10:30 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, 203 Fifth Street NW, East Grand Forks, Minn. Interment will follow at Elmhurst Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn.
Hopman was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Lovell, Wyo., to Rev. Herman and Selma (Ollenburg) Hopmann. He attended St. John’s College, Winfield, Kan., and received his bachelor of arts degree (1943) and theological diploma (1947) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Prior to joining the Seminary faculty, Hopmann served as pastor of Zion, St. Paul’s and Messiah Lutheran Churches, Presho, Draper and Murdo, S.D. (1948-1951); pastor of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Hot Springs, S.D. (1952-53); pastor of South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake, Minn. (1954-55); associate professor at St. Paul’s College, Concordia, Mo. (1955-57); pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wis. (1957-63); pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minn. (1963-70); campus pastor at Concordia College and Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minn. (1963-70); and associate pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa (1971-74). At various times, he served on several Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod boards and committees. He also held many district positions, including vice president of the Minnesota North District in 1970.
Hopmann was installed as assistant professor at Concordia Seminary in 1974. He became associate professor in 1975 and served as dean of student life (1974-81), director of placement (1974-89), chairman of the division of professional development (1974-89), dean of administration (1981-83) and executive vice president (1983-89). In retirement, he served as visitation pastor and assistant to the pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Neb.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Vivian (ne� Overn) in 1970, and his second wife, Adelaide (ne� Christline) in 2004. The survivors include sons John (Sally), David (Diane) and Timothy (May) and daughter Carol (Timothy). He also is survived by 10 grandchildren and a brother, Robert.
Memorials may be sent to the Hopmann Scholarship Fund for students preparing for the pastoral ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2774 Franklin St., Lincoln, Neb. 68502-3231.