Eldon H. Hoover

June 1915 – November 2011

Eldon Hilkey Hoover of Modesto, born June 9, 1915 in Overbrook, Kan. to Bert and Myrtle Hoover, died November 24, 2011.

He graduated from Ottawa University and then served for four years during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps. Eldon married Hazel Frances Supple in 1946 and they moved to Modesto that same year, settling on a peach and nut farm and raising six children. In addition to working part time on his 16-acre farm, he was a social worker with the Stanislaus County Welfare Department for 30 years.

Eldon was an active member of the Modesto Church of the Brethren and a charter member of the Tuolumne River Lodge, where the family enjoyed many summer afternoons and evenings, especially in and alongside the swimming pool. Annual summer vacation trips to Camp Peaceful Pines in the Sierra Nevada produced countless happy memories. He was well respected by all who knew him as a man of strong values, very supportive of his wife and children and their varied activities. He was especially generous to his church and was among those instrumental in the building of the congregation’s spacious, modern facility on Woodland Avenue.

Eldon was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Hazel, and by a son, Joe David Hoover. He is survived by his five daughters: Sarah Ann (Laird) Bowman of Boones Mill, VA; Mary Jeanette (Ben) Ebenhack of Marietta, OH; Barbara Corinne (John) Pekema of King City, CA; Beverly Hoover (Carl) Seese of Delphi, IN; and Peggy Louise (Mike) Castaneda of Modesto. Also surviving are a sister Vada Land of Overbrook, KS; eight grandchildren: Samuel Bowman, Joanna (Robb) Shipp, David Pekema, Andrew (Chrissy) Pekema, Julia Seese, Martin Seese, Garland Castaneda and Vincent Castaneda; and one great-granddaughter, Jenna Hazel Shipp.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., 95358. Please contact the church at 209.523.1438 for service time. Donations in his memory can be made to the church, to Camp Peaceful Pines through the church, to Optimal Hospice Care, Modesto, or to the donor’s charity of choice.

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