Groover Funeral Home at Mansion Memorial Park

1400 36th Ave East, Ellenton, FL


Neil Lorain Hoopingarner

May 15, 1930April 15, 2020

Neil L. Hoopingarner, 89 born May 15th 1930 in Yoder, Indiana passed away in Otto, North Carolina on April 15th 2020. Neil was preceded in death by his wife Nina Grim Hoopingarner. He is survived by Debra (John) Leonard, Keith (Bitsy) Hoopingarner, Kathy (Steve) Thomas, and Sheryl (Don) Thomas, grandchildren Dawn, Troy, Elisa, Josh, Dillon, Cory, Amber, Stephanie and Kelsey and thirteen great-grandchildren. Neil helped manage a family business Zanesville Lumber and Construction Company in Indiana. He also had a small farm in Indiana. After moving to Florida he became a Real Estate Broker and Auctioneer. He started AAA Auction Company in Tampa and was founding member of the Florida Auctioneers Association and past President. Neil received the Lew C Dell Hall of Fame award for his contribution to the auctioneering profession. As believers in Christ, Neil and Nina raised their children in a Godly home. Neil served in the Korean War as part of the Army Security Agency in Tokyo providing intelligence and breaking code. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at 11 AM at Woods Barn located at 4730 17th street East, Palmetto, FL 34221.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


Neil Lorain Hoopingarner

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Teresa Brookins

May 18, 2020

Uncle Neil you were always a nice guy and such a fun sense of humor! We love you & will miss you! I’m sure you’re enjoying the reunion with Aunt Nina and our many other relatives in heaven!

Debbie Hoopingarner Leonard

May 9, 2020

Dad, while our hearts are broken at having to say goodbye, our grief is bearable knowing that you have reunited with Mom in eternity. I love you!

Leah and R Morrison

April 22, 2020

We always loved having Neil (Grandpa) in our home. He always had a smile on his face and seemed to love being around everyone. We will really miss him. You have many sweet memories as do the grandkids which is wonderful!

Sheryl Hoopingarner Thomas

April 22, 2020

My Dad, my super hero, the man who protected me and provided for us. Who made me laugh and so much fun being silly together. Who taught me family is important. You taught me so much from responsibilities to laughing. Dad you have crossed over and no longer need a wheel chair. I see you walking with Jesus joining all of our loved ones. Giving thanks you made it but my heart will miss you till I see you again. Not goodbye but Until we meet again Dad, love you with my whole heart. Give Mom a big hug. I can see your smiles now and hear your giggles 🙏♥️♥️♥️🙏 Love you Dad, Sheryl♥️

Larry Lesh

April 20, 2020

In 1955 and 1956, Neil and I coached a little league baseball team in Zanesville, Indiana. His brother Ned was the scorekeeper. In 1956 our team was the Wells county tournament champions.


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