A graveside service with full military honors, for Kermit D. Hotopp, 90, of Winfield, formerly of Washington, will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rose Hill Memorial Garden in Marshalltown, Iowa. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 5 from noon – 7 p.m. at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington where the family will greet friends from 5 - 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight program. Kermit Hotopp died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Sunrise Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Winfield, Iowa.
Kermit Dean Hotopp was born April 17, 1925 in Beaman, Iowa, the son of Cleon V. and Irene H. (Applegate) Hotopp. He graduated from Union High School and served his country in the United States Army during World War II, primarily in Europe, where he was held as a prisoner of war. On August 4, 1945 he was united in marriage to Joan Moore in Marshalltown, IA. Kermit farmed for many years and then worked as a welder and machinist, ending his career at Crane in Washington, IA. He enjoyed working on his Model A, gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Kermit was able to take the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight in June of 2012.
Survivors include three children: Sid Hotopp and wife Lois of St. Anthony, Iowa and Rod Hotopp and wife Diane of Apache Junction, AZ; daughter LuAnn Fischer and husband Todd of Winfield, IA; one brother Benny Joe Hotopp of Des Moines, IA, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Kermit in death were his parents, his wife Joan on November 24, 2009, one brother Cullen "Skip" Hotopp, one sister, Mary Lu Daleske and one great great granddaughter, Breanna.