Keith William Hoopman (1960 - 2017)

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We sadly, but joyfully, celebrate the death of our beloved Keith Hoopman.
Keith William Hoopman, age 57, died peacefully at his home on Sept. 28, 2017. Keith was born on Feb. 21, 1960, to Marvene and Herbert Hoopman, in Cresco, Iowa. Keith was a beloved son, husband, brother and uncle. He was a friend to every person that knew him. He was devoted to God and lived knowing that he would "graduate" to that great place in heaven. Keith's character was one of stead-fastness, determination, stubbornness and fun. He was kind, loved children, animals and was called the "dog and cat whisperer." He loved computers and football, especially the Minnesota Vikings! He loved creating and playing games. He was an avid Star Trek and Masterpiece Theatre fan. He loved to tell jokes and worship God. He enjoyed spending time with others and teaching them about his undeniable relationship with God.
Keith grew up on a farm in Harmony, Minn. He graduated from Harmony High. He attended University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he met his friend, Mark Geier. While on the farm, he had a bailing accident and asked his friend Mark to have his church pray for him. As a result, Ron and Shirley Mickelson prayed for him, influencing him to become a part of their church. He served as a deacon there and an interim pastor and this later led him to Alaska. In Anchorage, Alaska, he attended Abbott Loop Christian Bible School and church, where he got a certificate and served the church in many ways. He met his wife, Brenda during this time. They married and he began working for Roto-Rooter, and Denali HVAC.
During his time at Denali HVAC, he began pursuing his love of computers and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Programming at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He then worked at CTG and CIRI - tourism department doing computer support.
In 2014, Keith was diagnosed with Muscular Systems Atrophy (MSA). This disease debilitated his body quickly, but never his spirit. He continued with thankfulness to others and an ability to still laugh at funny things. Keith's life was lived as a true act of worship. Keith greatly influenced and touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvene and Herbert Hoopman; nieces, Joanna Gillette and Tana Eby; and sister-in-law, Frances Eby.
His immediate surviving relatives are sister, LuAnn Kingbury; brother, Walter Hoopman; aunt, Marian Boyd; 18 nieces and nephews; two great-nieces; and two great-nephews.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at 3 p.m., at Abbott Loop Community Church: 2626 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507. Visitation will be held at 2 p.m.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 5, 2017
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