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Kerry Dean Lopin, 59, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Peak Fitness. He was born on February 17, 1958 in Rockford, the son of Vito and Connie (Helm) Lopin. Kerry was a graduate of Rockford East High School and Rockford University. He served in the National Guard for 11 years. Kerry founded and operated Rosewood Kitchen and Bath. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Rockford Home Builders Association. Kerry was a life-long member of the Bally Health Club and Peak Fitness. He and his wife, Kim, are members of Forest Hills Country Club. Kerry loved boating and held a private pilot's license. He enjoyed vacationing and fishing with his family in Florida. Kerry loved his mini-runs with Kim and their friends in their corvettes. He was widely known for this witty sense of humor and his sunny smile.
Kerry and Kim (Onken) were married in Rockford where their son Kyle was born. Dr. Kyle Lopin currently resides in Thailand with his wife, Dr. Nat Lopin, where they both are University professors. Kyle and Nat have a beautiful daughter, Sophia.
Kerry was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Through today's communications and his and Kim's visits to Thailand he was able to share in Kyle and Nat's life and watch his granddaughter grow.
Kerry is survived by his wife, Kim; son, Kyle (Nat); granddaughter, Sophia; mother, Connie; and his five brothers and sisters and their families. Predeceased by his father, Vito Lopin.
A celebration of his life will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Forest Hills Country Club. Memorials can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or St. Jude's Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. Your sister Denise

    Hi, my beautiful brother Kerry. I love you! And I miss you soooo much! Please forgive me but I don't understand why??? Remember always, "You aren't heavy- you're my brother". Always! Always! Always! remember I LOVE YOU. Love, your sister, Denise and also love from Shayne- Madison, Makayla and Preston! We love you forever!

  2. Lois Erickson Olson

    Underneath that joking exterior was a very sensitive, intelligent, and kind man. Even now, he remembered the best features of grade school friends. Kerry remembered the beautiful smile of our second grade classmate who was killed by a car and the style of pictures I drew back then. It was great to see Kerry at the 40 year reunion. I will miss seeing him in the future. Peace to all knew knew and loved him.

  3. Alan Burt

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of Kerry. All of the stories of Kerry's wit, enthusiasm, and fun attitude are true, and much, much more. Fond memories I have about Kerry include: Running around Pierce Lake and through the Willows Creek hills with Kerry every weekend. Running up the Aldeen Park dam and Aldeen Park back hills repeatedly time after time - too many times. Buying and trading multiple items (I've still got Kerry and Kim's old dining room set in my dining room). Jumping over the Spring Creek to take running short cuts (usually successfully, but sometimes not successfully and somewhat wet). Kerry was so proud of Kyle's intelligence, but wouldn't take any credit for Kyle's smarts or good study habits. Buying thousands of pounds of concrete yard ornaments in Chicago and bringing them back to Rockford in Kerry's greatly overloaded car. Discussing investments â€" I remember Kerry telling me that 1040 Schedule D indicated Schedule “Dumb-ass” for buying the wrong stocks. Working out at the old RHC with our now Sheriff Gary Caruana and many others, and also at the newer old RHC. Setting up Rosewood's first location on Broadway. Boating on Kerry's first old, like new, wooden boat that could turn on a dime. Trading cars to see how they felt â€" Kerry once guaranteed me if he borrowed my IROC he would win the cheap trophy at the Rockford Speedway Spectator Drags or total it out it trying to do so. Kerry was “unique and one of a kind,” and will be missed by many.

  4. Nathan, Susanne and Shayla Martin

    Our deepest condolences to you Kim and Kyle and the rest of the Lopin family. Kerry was a great man with a generous, kind heart and infectious laugh. May his silver lining shine over you all and keep your hearts filled with beautiful memories.

  5. Carole Mayer

    Kim and dear son, daughter-in-lawand special grandchild.Each of you have my deepest condolences. When your ready to talk about the grief process, I would be honored to share with you some stages you go through. Everyone goes through this hard time differently but I promise to you I'd be honored to share some things with you. God Bless each of you during this difficult time. Praying for you all. In his name, Carole E.Mayer

  6. Carl Bengtson

    My deepest sympathies are going out to Kerry's family and friends. May God's peace and mercy go out to you all!

  7. Di & Dean Schlueter

    Lopin family- Dean & I were so sorry to hear that Kerry had passed away. He was so young. We enjoyed catching up with Kerry at our 40th class reunion two years ago. Our hearts, our thoughts & our prayers are with you all.

  8. Jim Pond

    My condolences to the entire Lopin family. I worked Kerry at Camcar-Textron, he was a terrific guy with great sense of humor.

  9. Jay Lopin

    You have finally managed to find the "Best Seat" for the running of the Daytona 500. Hope you enjoyed your Great view of the race yesterday. # 3 is back. Rest In Peace my Brother.

  10. John Hamaker

    Kerry was awesome. He helped teach me about the building business more than anyone. He did things right, old school, by taking care of people first and worrying about the dollar later. He worked his ass off. My fondest memory is that you never knew what this guy would say next. He had no filter and would often say the raunchiest things you could imagine, in mixed company. But,he could pull it off!! That little chuckle of his and the twinkle in his eye made light of it all. Guy couldn't hear a damn word you were saying but would never wear any type of hearing aid saying “ just talk into my other ear, that one doesn't work” lol. Even in the deepest part of the recession, when he was bleeding money left and right, he told me no matter what he had to keep his assistant employed because she just bought a house and was relying on him for a job. He was just that kind of guy. I am deeply saddened by this loss. I lost a good friend but heaven gained a great man. My prayers are to his family.

  11. Gary Koeller

    Kim and Kyle, So sorry to hear about your loss. I met Kerry on the Rock River boating. He would always ask for me to drive his boat so he could water ski. I got to know him as a fun loving guy , we shared a lot of good times . Glad to have been his friend, He will be missed by all that knew him.

  12. Bob Schofield

    As Kerry's flight instructor I found him to be eager to learn and always prepared for the lesson. Kerry's positive attitude and sense of humor made his flight training program a time of fun and enjoyment for both of us. Kerry was not only a great student but became a good friend in the process. So very sorry for the loss of Kerry.

  13. Jim Klein

    I'm very sorry for your loss, Kyle. I remember your father as a very kind man with a fantastic sense of humor.

  14. Carole Mayer

    Kim , Kyle Nat and Sophia, You have my deepest condolences. I'm praying for your whole family. Kerry was the smile that lite up the room. It was always nice to see you both at Corvette Club events. God Bless You All, Cruzin in Heaven Sincerely, Carole Mayer

  15. Brian Klaung

    So sorry to hear of Kerry's passing. He was such a great guy and so full of life. It was great to see him at the 40 year class reunion in 2016. He always had a big smile on his face. Enjoyed riding motorcycles with Kerry and his brother Paul. Kerry also had the courage to pole vault which was always fun to watch. My condolences to his family.

  16. Shaun OConnor

    I was at Peak on Monday talking with Kerry shortly before he passed. He was by far the most caring happy person Ive ever met. Always smiling! Always telling jokes! Always happy! Before I left Peak he wanted me to fix his motorcycle he bought. Which I think I rode more than he did lol. I can't believe you're gone my friend. I'll miss talking with you everyday at peak. I'm so very sorry for your loss Kim and family. I can't imagine what your going through.

  17. Ken Valentine

    Very sorry for your loss the gym won't be the same the boys and I will never forget you. You left us too soon but we've got great memories of you thanks Kerry

  18. carole carlson moore

    So sorry Kim...I am Connie's cousin and she is my God Mother....I used to babysit Kerry and Paul when they were babies...I haven't seen Connie in years but family is always in my thoughts...Love and Prayers to all of you and may God bless all of Carole

  19. Julie Gifford Ganley

    My deepest sympathy for Kerrys' family, graduated from East High with him also and he was always there to lift you up..Rest In Peace the good always leave us too soon.

  20. Mark Johnson

    Kerry had an inner joy about him for as long as I knew him-- back to middle school years. What a great guy. My deepest sympathy to his immediate family.

  21. Dean Lindeman

    Kerry and I served together in the National Guard from 1980-1985. We also lived down the street from each other on Greendale Dr. for a couple of years. Kerry always had that big grin and the happy go-lucky attitude. I remember when the military said he was overweight! All that muscle mass! I am so sorry that you have lost him so suddenly. Being a grandfather myself, I am so sorry for Sofia. Grandpa Kerry was way to young to be gone so soon.

  22. Dennis Fielding

    Kerry and I grew up went to grade school, junior high,and high school. A great guy rest in peace my friend.

  23. Sue Salvi Buckwalter

    On behalf of the Dan Salvi, Sr. family I send our condolences. My dad and Vito were coaches together at East High. Kerry and I graduated from the same East class of 1976. Always a nice guy and was good to see him at our last class reunion in 2016. Our sympathies to his family.

  24. Chris Loser

    My deepest condolences to the family. I'm in shock of the news of Kerry. R.I.P. my friend.

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