Brian Richard Knoops, 44 of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, formerly of Evergreen Park, Illinois, passed from this life on Saturday, August 20, 2022 after an extended illness.
Brian had been a patient at Rockcastle Regional's Respiratory Care Center, beloved by staff and fellow patients, since July of 2007.
He was born on March 5, 1978 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, son of John R. Knoops and Barbara Dykstra Knoops. Brian graduated from Faith Heritage School, Syracuse, NY and furthered his education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
He was a dedicated Customer Account Representative until his health failed. Brian was loved for his upbeat and positive outlook and shining personality. He was smart, witty, and compassionate. Brian was an avid collector of baseball cards, coins, and all things Star Wars, and he loved chocolate. He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him. Brian was of the Christian Reformed faith, and he loved the Lord.
Brian had a profound effect on those he knew. A few comments from the staff of Rockcastle Regional:
"Brian was absolutely one of a kind. He was one of the kindest, most humble souls I have ever known. He was an absolute joy to be around . . . he had the greatest sense of humor, the best stories and life experiences, and was so full of knowledge and wisdom. He was always so appreciative of every little thing that anyone did for him . . . he was the biggest advocate for the organization and OUR biggest cheerleader. He genuinely loved and cared about the staff, our families, and this community. He was a friend to all (residents and staff, alike) and is missed beyond measure. He definitely made his mark on this world, had such a positive impact on our lives and we will remember him forever."
A Celebration of Life Service was held at the facility on Thursday, September 22, 2022.