- From Urbana, Missouri (Kansas City area).
- Began playing banjo professionally at age 17 with the “Ozark Opry” at Lake of the Ozarks.
- 1957-1963, played banjo with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys.
- 1964-1974, performed in a group with guitarist Dan Crary.
- 1978-1984, performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.
- He and his wife Charlene hosted a bluegrass radio program in Bolivar, Missouri.
- 1998, formed a band called New Union.
- 2000, recorded an album with Dan Crary called “Lonnie Hoppers, Dan Crary and their All-American Band.”