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Rev. Jerald "Jake" Dale Loper

Memorial Service for Rev. Jake Loper will be held at 1:00pm on Monday (2/8) at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Henry Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Glenville at a later date. Visitation will be held from 1-3PM on Sunday (2/7) at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home and from 12:30-1:00pm on Monday. All Covid-19 guidelines and precautions will be followed. The memorial service will be livestreamed via www.bayviewfuneral.com. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com

Reverend Jerald “Jake” D. Loper, 89, of Albert Lea died peacefully at home on February 1st, 2021.  Jake was born in Albert Lea on July 13, 1931 to Dale and Hattie Loper of Glenville. 

He is preceded in death by parents Dale and Hattie Loper, son William Loper, and granddaughter Grace Loper.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Plummer) Loper, children Steve (Cathy) Loper of Eden Prairie, and Melissa (Pat) Maloney of Lonsdale, grandchildren Ben and Jordan Loper and Samuel Maloney.  Siblings Rodney (Deborah) Loper of Minneapolis, Leland Loper of Park City, Montana, Jane (Thomas) Widmark of Edina, Jean (Curt) Fischer of Carlyle, Illinois, and Glenna Darg of Onamia, MN. 

He attended ALHS and graduated in 1950.  After high school he worked briefly for the railroad before enlisting in the Navy.  After six months he returned home due to the death of his father.  From there he worked many various jobs to help support his mother and five siblings.  He then started a steady job at Universal Cooperatives in Albert Lea.  Over the next 27 years he moved up to become the Foreman in the shipping department.  During this time, he began his studies to become a deacon in the Episcopal church.  He completed his deaconate and was ordained in December of 1981 at The Cathedral Church of Our Merciful Savior in Faribault.  When forced into early retirement in 1982, he worked for two years at the Gerard Academy in Austin as a counselor.  Realizing this was not the best fit, he took on several positions at Good Samaritan Nursing home in Albert Lea where he started working in maintenance, nursing assistant, activities director, and eventually a Chaplain.  There he would find his true calling and cared for hundreds of patients over his 29 years in the Hospice program.  His passion for assisting others grew continuously.  He served as a full time Deacon at Christ Episcopal Church in Albert Lea and assisted as a Deacon at Calvary Episcopal Church in Waseca.  He also was very active in the Shriners and Masons clubs of Albert Lea when he later became president for two years and received the Hiram Award.  Jake enjoyed ringing the bell every Christmas season despite the weather to help the Salvation Army.

Despite his busy work schedule, he had many interests and hobbies.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life and loved the outdoors.   He rarely missed a fishing trip or hunting season with his hometown friends.  He volunteered with various organizations to build awareness for wildlife and the environment.  After becoming addicted to Muskie fishing, he took on the challenge to help start the first Muskie Chapter in southern Minnesota which is still thriving today.  Jake also participated in many plays for the Albert Lea Community Theater and Minnesota Festival Theater, was active with all church activities, enjoyed golfing, and traveling with his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made directly to Albert Lea Hospice, Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals, or the Salvation Army.



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Sending my condolences and smiles of wonderment to the entire family and Health Team that cared for Uncle Jake these past years. I shall be joining the service online today.

Ann Loper Feb 8 2021 12:00 AM

Always grateful for my gentle giant Uncle Jake. Funny and kind, with a beautiful voice. Generous and giving to the community. Im proud to be his niece. Aunt Betty and the rest of us will miss him terribly. Grateful for hospice to let him leave in the gracious way he helped others to do. Hugs all around.

Edie Loper Silver Feb 8 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rev. Jerald "Jake" Loper

Trudy and Gary Rogert (Walton). Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

You are all nestled gently in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. Getting to know Jake was a wonderful thing for me.

Al Batt Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Jake Family on his passing. I have many memories of Jake my dad and the Houg boys deerhunting. Jake was such a wonderfull person and will be greatly missed.

Mike Lee Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM

I extend my sympathies to Betty and Jake's family. I remember Jake and Betty when I was Dean of the Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour in Faribault. They were instrumental in many various ministries in that area of Minnesota. I'm glad that Jake was able to continue being a Deacon to the end of his life.

Thomas E. Winkler Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM

Best Neighbors ever! Thoughts and prayers to the family. Going to miss Jake's smile and friendly outlook on life.

Jim Cady and Nancy Carpenter Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM

Betty and family...so sorry to learn this. Roger and I had many fond memories of our times at the community theater. Jake was a very kind and caring man....and had a sense of humor too!

Rosalie and Roger Truax Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM

Betty and family, Gloria and I are saddened to hear this sad news. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Bob Gunkle Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM

Betty and family, Jake was such a joy. Jake showed all of us what it means to be a deacon. My condolences.

Carolyn Schmidt Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM

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