Noel M. Hoopes

Noel M. Hoopes, 90, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022, at Iowa City VA Health Care System.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Noel’s family kindly requests that visitors wear a mask. Reverend Mike Townsley will officiate. A private burial was held in High Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 111. Online condolences may be made at

Noel was born on December 26, 1931, in Muscatine, the son of Ernest and Ruth Marshall Hoopes. He married Joyce Schulz in 1954 and she passed away in 1986. Noel married Eunice Wilhoit in 1987 and she passed away in 2007. In 2008, he was united in marriage to Ruth Stacy.

Noel loved building and flying airplanes. He was a veteran of the United States Airforce.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth and her family; daughter, Diane (Mike) Townsley of Deep River; grandchildren, Eric (Andrea) Townsley of Van Horne, Matt (Cassy) Townsley of Waverly, and Becky (Russ) Goerend of Waukee; great grandchildren, Emma, Kaiser, Henry, Caleb, Tyler, Wesley, Calvin, Nathan, and Keely; brother, David of California; Eunice’s family and many other relative and wonderful friends.

Noel is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Scott.