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LaVerne Hoppman

LaVerne Roy “Hoppy” Hoppman, 73, of Minot, died Monday, October 15, 2012. To friends he would say, “Call me Hoppy or Santa”.

Hoppy was born May 6, 1939, in Minot, the son of Emil and Yvonne Hoppman. He was raised and educated in Minot attending Model High School graduating in 1957. He attended college at Minot State University. He enlisted in the US Army in January of 1961, serving his country until his discharge in 1963.  

Hoppy worked at Cenex, Inc. as an accountant. His love of people and travel lead him to work at Coach America for a few years meeting new and interesting people on his journeys. He also brought joy to many children over a 10 year timespan as a professional Santa Claus.  As Santa, his voyages took him to Arizona, South Carolina and New Orleans.  He was also known lovingly as “Uncle Santa” to his great nieces and great nephew. 

He treasured the open road and the freedom to leisurely roam. Hoppy loved nothing more than wandering through the great open spaces of God’s country and meeting new people. His great passion was people. From the first time Hoppy met someone, they were a friend and he would give them the shirt off of his back. As a member of the Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle Club he toured much of the United States and Canada. He traversed many of the National Parks with his dog, Chico, in toe. Hoppy’s soul was fed by spending priceless moments with his children. They were his most beloved legacy.

Survivors include, daughter, Michelle Hoppman of Minot and son, Mikel and his wife, Kaci Hoppman of Cabot, Arkansas, brother, Warren and his wife, Liz Hoppman of Minot and nieces, Aleasha Hoppman of Washington, DC and Lesley and her husband, Jon Walker of Minot, and great nieces, Brianna and Callie and great nephew, Caleb.

Hoppy was preceded in death by his parents. 


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MessageHoppy you brought joy to me at the Riviera Lounge with your thoughtful intelligent conversation
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MessageHoppy will be greatly missed! He was a good man!
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MessageI met Hoppy in the Outer Banks while he was visiting Michelle..one of my dearest friends. What a beautiful person...he exuded happiness and joy. Thinking about him now makes me smile. He certainly embodied the spirit we all treasure in St. Nicholas....love..caring..and giving especially to children and animals...we would all be better persons to possess just a little of that same spirit..rest in peace..Hoppy
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MessageMichelle; we are so thankful that we had time to have coffee and chat with you and HOPPY the last time we were in town. Thanks for contacting us. Our deepest sympathy to you and the Hoppman family. Keep in touch.
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MessageI also met Hoppy in the 80's when I worked at the truckstop, he was a fun customer to take care of!
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MessageSorry to hear of Hoppy's passing. I met him at Schatz's Crossroads Truck Stop in the 80's. He always had a story or a joke every day! And years later he camped at Mouse River Park and you could always find him at the Country Mouse Bar at Bingo time until his health prevented him from camping at the park .I will always remember him playing Santa at the park during Xmas in July riding down the river on a pontoon in his Santa outfit !!! RIP Hoppy !!!
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MessageMy sympathy to Hoppy's family. I got to know Hoppy through the State Fair Parades. He found a friend of mine and myself having a drink at Nola's probably 30 years ago and have been friends ever since. You will be missed my friend.
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MessageHoppy Sr. you will be missed by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Love ya,
Darla
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MessageTo Michelle & Mikel: We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man, and was always so kind. Cavan spoke fondly of him as one of our cub scout dads. I know the memories of him will bring you peace in this difficult time -Tom and Cavan
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MessageA long time friend.
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MessageHoppy was a good friend of mine and I will miss his calm and happy demeanor. He was always one to send a funny email or share a good story. It would always put a smile on my face when I would see him. Speaking for my entire family, we will all miss you so much Laverne.
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MessageHoppy was a good friend of mine and I will miss his calm and happy demeanor. He was always one to send a funny email or share a good story. It would always put a smile on my face when I would see him. Speaking for my entire family, we will all miss you so much Laverne.
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MessageHOPPY & CHICO WERE MY FRIENDS AT WESTFIELD CIRCLE CONDOS, MY PUPPY GUS WAS GOOD FRIENDS OF BOTH HOPPY & CHICO - WE WILL TRULY
MISS VISITING EVERY DAY WHEN OUT FOR OUR WALKS. PAM & GUS
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MessageMy dear, sweet, Santa......my heart is broken. I will miss our 'chats' and your wit and charm. You always knew how to make others smile...it was your gift. My love, thoughts and prayers to Michelle and Mikel and the rest of your family and friends.
Farewell for now, my friend..........
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Messageour sincere condolence to the family,We enjoyed visiting with him at the old Lamp.Hew will be missed. Milt
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MessageSo sorry Hoppy that I was not there for your last cruze, we had a lot of fun over the years together. I will see you later at a different place and time, peace love and happeness.
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MessageI'm proud to say Hoppy was my friend. I will miss him.
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MessageHoppy......You were a very great friend to my Father Derrel....You will be dearly missed Santa......God Bless your family......Dena

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