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Obituary for Albert Irving Hartkopf
Captain Albert Irving Hartkopf, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), 87, of Roper, NC, passed peacefully on May 5th, 2022, with his wife by his side. He was born in Camillus, NY on May 25th,1934 He was the son of the late Emmett and Hazel Hartkopf. Al left behind his wife, soulmate, best friend and partner in crime, Brenda Hartkopf; son, Albert I. Hartkopf, Jr. of Hillsborough, NC; brother, Carl Hartkopf; family, Kelly W. Chambers and husband Steve of Cary, NC, Shay W. Deluca Of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Tracy W. Schuller and husband Billy of Mountain Home, NC, John J. Whitehurst and wife Rebecca of Winterville, NC, David J. Whitehurst and wife Kerry of Grandy, NC; grandchildren, Kristin A. Spears and husband Michael, Ryan Askew and wife Leslie, Cody Askew and wife Kathryn, Matthew Schuller, Kya H. Tyson and husband Thomas, Joel Whitehurst, Kaleb Schuller and wife Cheryl, Adam Whitehurst, Alexandra Deluca, Sierra H. Frazee ad husband Brandon, Amanda Whitehurst, Derek Whitehurst and Ava Whitehurst; great grandchildren; Caden Askew, Emerson Askew, Declan Spears, Hazel Schuller, Holly Askew, Oliver Schuller and Raelyn Tyson.
At the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and received training at Parris Island. Al's military career began as an air traffic controller. He was a Hawk Missile Battery Commander in Vietnam, where he served three tours. He was a Warrant Officer and retired as Captain.
Al (aka "Pop" and "Poppa") was a most dedicated Father/Grandfather to all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was once said, "When that house is full it looks like the house is breathing." When his home was full, so was his heart. He was a steady and gentle spirit and calm to our chaos. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Saint's Delight Church of Christ with Chris Grimes officiating. Family will receive friends at the church following the service and other times at the residence.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.