MUSCATINE, Iowa - John R. Hoopes, 83, of Kenansville, Florida, formerly of Muscatine, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at his home.
Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Mike Townsley will officiate. Casket bearers will be his grandsons and honorary bearers will be his granddaughters. Burial will take place at the Island Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
John was born on May 6, 1934, in Muscatine, the son of Fred W. and Grace Gertenbach Hoopes.
He was a graduate of Muscatine High School and attended Michigan State College. He married Mary Beth Bankhead on June 14, 1959, in Muscatine.
He was a US Army veteran having served in Germany.
He was a lifelong farmer and professional farrier. He and his wife, Mary Beth, owned and operated Hoopes Melon Shed for many years. He enjoyed showing and breaking quarter horses, pheasant hunting, and fishing. He treasured spending time with family and friends at Sunday fish fries.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Beth Hoopes of Kenansville, Florida; one daughter, Holly Kiwala of Kenansville, Florida; three sons, Simon Hoopes and wife, Christa, of Peja, Kosovo, Fred Hoopes and wife, Lucinda, of Muscatine, and Kenneth Hoopes and wife, Maria, of North Muskegon, Michigan; 13 grandchildren, Benjamin, Zachary and Sam Hoopes, Clayton, Jack and Charlie Kiwala, Katie and Mary Grace Hoopes, and Asher, Reese, Minuette, Elleni and Chloe Hoopes; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Hoopes and wife, Dee Dee, of Muscatine, and Robert Hoopes and wife, Jennifer, of Letts; and one sister, Sandra Morse and husband, Charles, of Waukee.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
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Remember many good times with a great friend at MHS, may he rest in peace
To Holly and the Hoopes Family, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Your Dad may be gone from this earth but he will never be forgotten. He was one of the good guys. May he RIP. God Bless
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I enjoyed the times when we would come to Muscatine and would get the world's best melons and sweet corn. I know that Charlie and Cory always enjoyed their visits too.
RIP old classmate
So sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy go out to John's family. Of all the many blessings however great or small. To have John as a husband, father, Grandfather, uncle was the greatest one of all. Your family chain may be broken now and n... more