James George Hoppe, 72, of Danvers, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at his home.\r\n \r\nThere will be no visitation or services at this time due to COVID-19. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites are being accorded by Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. A private interment was held at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington.\r\n \r\nIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McLean County Historical Society or the McLean County Museum of History. To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.\r\n \r\nHe was born August 28, 1948 in Bloomington, son of George P. and Mary K. Sweeney Hoppe. \r\n \r\nSurviving are cousins, Joe Kinsella of Idaho, Peter Pauletti and Susan Nelson of Chicago, Nieces, Michelle Hoppe of Oceanside Ca and Kelley (Troy) Hoppe Wickenhauser of Downs IL, Nephew Sean Hoppe. Jim leaves behind many great friends, including a special friend, Mary Svensson. \r\n \r\nHe was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John D. Hoppe.\r\n \r\nJim was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He had a deep interest in the history of our military, weapons and equipment. He was very active in the McLean County Historical Society, wrote numerous articles for them, and had a weekly talk show on WJBC. He held multiple positions over the years including, working for his father and grandfather at the Hoppe Smoke Shop & Hoppe Pool Hall in Downtown Bloomington, Jeweler at Chadbands, Co-owner of Hoppe Shoppe Mens Suits in Lexington, IL, and retired from the DMV.\r\n\r\nHe will be remembered fondly for his keen mind and sharp wit.