Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 16, 2013

John Hagstrom Dopke


TRAVERSE CITY — John Hagstrom Dopke, 45, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

John was born on July 1, 1967, in Traverse City, to Robert and Karen (Hagstrom) Dopke. He married Tammy Gore on Sept. 13, 2008, in Traverse City.

John graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1986.

After high school he became a heavy duty mechanic, working for Elmer's, TC RV and several other places around town.

John loved sailing, camping, fishing, snowshoeing and NASCAR. He also enjoyed curling up on the couch to watch movies and relax.

John will be fondly remembered for his hearty laugh, great sense of humor and his kind soul. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Surviving John are his wife, Tammy; stepson, Nicholas Simone; parents, Robert and Karen; sister, Lisa (Pete) LaCourse; brother-in-law, Steve (Nina) Merten; in-laws, Terry and Mary Gore; sister-in-law, Ramona (Greg) Hobert; nieces and nephews, Christopher and Cassidy Merten, Soren, Logan and Landon LaCourse; special dogs, Bubba and Ruggie; and many other loving family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his sister, Robin Merten.

Funeral services for John will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at 11 a.m., with a visitation held from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Crohn's Foundation of America.

Please sign John's online guestbook at