Merrill Hoopes
1954 - 2020
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Merrill Hoopes

Carlisle - Merrill was born September 29, 1954, the oldest son of Josephine and Ernest Hoopes. He was a lifelong Southsider, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1972. After which he married Janis Powers in 1974. During this marriage, they had three boys: Ernest, Eric, and Eldon.

After 22 years of marriage they divorced. In 1997 Merrill then met and married Rochelle White. During which he took on the responsibility of raising two more boys, James and Michael. He always said he's been raising kids his whole life. He spent his career working at Stevens Drywall for 42 years.

He enjoyed fishing and boating at Lake Rathbun and spending time working on projects with the boys. His common statement was, "Hey, I could use a hand when you have time!"

Merrill died November 18, 2020 at UnityPoint Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Merrill is survived by his wife Rochelle; children: Ernest (Rachel), Eric (Misty), Eldon (Abby), James (Josi), and Michael (Jessica); seven grandchildren; mother, Josephine; siblings: Marlene (Steve) Parsons, Mike (Denise) Hoopes, Shelly (Kevin) Dingman, and Mark (Michelle) Hoopes; and many other friends and relatives.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m., Monday, November 23 at Christ the King Catholic Church, where final respects may be paid when entering the church. The use of masks and social distancing is required.






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Published in the Des Moines Register from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Rochelle,

I am praying that God will grant you and your family peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. May you be blessed as you gather together to celebrate Merrill's life.
Bob Walters
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November 23, 2020
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November 22, 2020
I’m sorry to hear that Merrill has passed. I have known him since I was a little girl and he was always very nice and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Ruth (Stevens) Carmona
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November 22, 2020
It is with deep sadness Rochelle to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. We pray that God gives your family Strength and Guidance during this difficult time. With much love, Karen & Brian Tallman, The Ramirez family
Karen (Ramirez) Tallman
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November 21, 2020
You will never be forgotten!
Gloria Richards Reimers
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November 21, 2020
Baby setting you other kids when your parents went out ha ! Fun huh, love to you and family!!
Gloria Richards Reimers
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November 21, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Josie Hoopes
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November 21, 2020
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November 21, 2020
We have known the Hoops family through Shelly for many years. Even though we did not know Merrill well, each time we saw him he had a big smile and gregarious laugh. We know this big wonderful family is hurting at this tremendous loss. Please know that we send our love and positive thoughts to you as you grieve this untimely, difficult loss. We love you! Kevin and Sue Turk
Sue Turk
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November 20, 2020
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Paul Stevens
November 20, 2020
To the Hoopes family ,I am really sorry for your loss ,my thoughts and prayers go out to you . He was great friend , it all started when he started working at Stevens Drywall , I was just a kid and he took the time to share his love of fishing at lake Rathbun .He took me squirrel and pheasant hunting at Bob’s farm. He took me under his wing and taught how me to start hanging drywall. As I got older we started having poker night on Saturday nights where we proceeded to take all of Marks and Tony’s money (even if it was from their penny jars ). I could go on and on but what I’m trying to say is I will always treasure all of my memories of things we did together, he was Great friend and I will miss him .
Paul Stevens Jr.
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November 20, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Rick Thomas
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November 20, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Deb Davidson
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