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TOWNSHIP – Robert Earl Hoppel died on July 13, 2020, after spending 11 days in the Mercy Medical intensive care unit fighting Covid-19. Born in East Liverpool on 12/02/1936 to Forrest Hoppel and Helen Shaffer Hoppel.
He is survived by his wife Diana of 29 years, his daughters Diana Rinkoff and Eric Rinkoff, and Susan Dawson and Mike Dawson. Grandchildren David Hunt Headley, Jamie & Scott Riley, Katelyn Hoppel & Kylie Hambleton, Sarah Hoppel & Fred Glenn, Carly Rinkoff, Amanda Cupples, Ryan Cupples and Emma Hoppel, and great-grandchildren Brycen Rinkoff, Kelley & Noah Riley, Blake Cupples, Oakland Glenn, Sawyer Hambleton and Evann Grace Hambleton, as well as extended family Suellen Hoppel, nephew Steffon and Cheryl Hoppel. Deceased by his parents, his son Robert Brian Hoppel, his brother Jack Hoppel and his sister Ruth Seibert.
Bob grew up in East Liverpool, at age 14 his mother married Loren Noble of Carrollton, and where he graduated from high school. He worked for John Eisenhut at the Carrollton Locker factory for several years while attending college in the evenings. His first job was with Beneficial Finance in Canton, then rose through the executive ranks with Ford Motor Credit, starting in Canton, OH and moving to Lima, OH, Albany, NY, Corpus Christi, TX and ending in Kansas City, Ford’s largest branch with 100 employees. Bob returned to Corpus Christi, TX and started his own finance company, working with the major dealerships, to create in-house finance. Bob loved his family, the auto finance industry and especially the 1932 Ford Hotrods. In 1987 he started his own finance company in Clearwater, Florida. In 1992 he moved to Daytona Beach where he and his wife Diana started Bros. Little Car Company, building Ford hotrods from 1928 to 1932, but specialized in 1932 Ford Roadsters, its favorite, and over a 10-year period built 70 hotrods.
The celebration of life and interment will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. at Westview Cemetery in Carrollton.