Nebraska and the entire Trap shooting community has lost a valuable member.
Frank Hoppe died on 28 April 2013 after a struggle with cancer. Frank will be missed by all.
Frank Henry Hoppe, legendary trapshooter, 70, of Columbus, died on April 28, 2013, at Bryan LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln after a three month fight with cancer. Frank Henry Hoppe was born in Columbus on November 20, 1942, to Fred “Fritz” and Peg (Tooley) Hoppe. Frank graduated from Schuyler High School in 1961 where he was a three-sport letterman. He held school records in track and was the leading scorer on the state championship football team. He went on to start as a freshman quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado.
On December 26, 1964, Frank was united in marriage to Carolyn Ross in Columbus. Hoppe spent four years in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. After his military service he received degrees in education and journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Nebraska Law School. He was a self-employed artist, hunting guide, and trapshooting instructor.
Frank was a 28-time All-American trapshooter, winning 45 Grand American titles including the coveted World Clay Target Championship in 2002. He was on the Nebraska All-State Team over 30 times, winning over 50 state championship trophies. He won over 2,000 other trophies, including 264 state championship titles from other states. Besides many national records, he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Hoppe shot over 650,000 targets in his career, and at one time broke 1,000 regular targets without a miss.
Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Carolyn Hoppe of Columbus; daughter, Jessica Foster of Manhattan, Kan.; daughter, Traci Hoppe and special friend, Bob Happ, of Columbus; son, Scott Hoppe of Columbus; son, Steven Taylor of Live Oak, Fla.; sister, Diane (Don) Birkel of Columbus; sister, Mary Lou (Dick) Kunneman, of Columbus; brother, Fred (Donna) Hoppe of Columbus; sister, Betty Jo Kodad of Schuyler; three grandchildren, Joel and Xander Foster of Manhattan, Kan., Kaiden Taylor of Live Oak, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by parents, Fred & Peg Hoppe; brother-in-law, Terry Kodad; niece (god-daughter), Kari Kunneman
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church with Father Andrew Rosa celebrating the mass. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, rural Schuyler with military honors by the American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Gass Haney Funeral Home with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com