Kenneth E. Koop
Kenneth E. Koop (83) passed away peacefully at home in Olathe, Kansas on May 23, 2014. Ken was born to Lawrence and Lena (Gruenewald) Koop on May 5, 1931 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is survived by his wife, Jana (O'Laskey) Koop, sister Justine (Koop) Lemcke, four of his five children (Kim Pecora, Kenneth (Chip) Koop, Kandice Mendiola, and Karla Koop), 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ken played basketball at the University of Colorado. He went to the University of South Dakota to study medicine where he was commissioned in the Army. He continued to play basketball in the Army and on AAU teams, which traveled to international competitions. Ken remained in Hawaii and was in business management on Oahu and was hired to be the first men's basketball coach of Chaminade College in Honolulu.
Ken had a distinguished 30 year career in the U.S. Government retiring in 2001. His career took him to Washington DC, and later to Ogden, Utah and Colorado Springs,
Ken loved supporting his family and participating in his community. He was honored by the State of Utah for his contributions in encouraging girls sports. Ken was inspired by philosophy and religion throughout his life. He was a Christian and an advocate for finding common positive values among world religions.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Kristie L. (Koop) Kilkenny.