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Willard  Carl "Bill" Hoover

Born - November 8, 1924

Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana

Enlisted in the Army Air Corp

January 8, 1943

Married - June 6, 1948

United Church of Christ

Bippus, Indiana

Died - November 30, 2008

Buried - Rolling Hills Cemetery

Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida

Find A Grave Memorial # 32076625




Photograph Taken December 2007

Photograph & Obituary Courtesy of Kevin Hoover



Willard Carl



 Bill was born at home, the second of six children and for the first

18 years of his life he lived small town Americana -

running the streets, building forts in the woods and helping

relatives on their farms.

After graduating from high school at 17,

 he couldnít wait until he was 18

so that he could join the war.

From Nappanee, Indiana, to Leyte, Philippines,

 the distance was further than just the miles.

 After the war he enrolled

 in Ball State where he met his wife, Marilyn Garber

(who succumbed to cancer in 1995)

and together they had four children: Kris (Greg) Marone,

 Karen Hoover, Kim (Terry) Schmucker and Kevin Hoover.


The family moved to Alaska in 1964 where

 Bill and Marilyn taught school

until the cold and dark became too much.

They then took the family to Guam

 in 1966 for the next 10 years where

generous travel benefits allowed them

to take the entire family to 21 countries.


In 1976 they finally settled in Florida to be

 near Marilynís parents

and Bill taught in the Haines City area until retirement.

His plan to travel on the senior circuit in tennis was derailed

by a bum knee which turned out to be a

blessing in disguise as he

discovered the love of his life: painting.

This love was the major focus of his last 20 years.

He served as president of Ridge Art

and spent countless hours in his studios


      Late in life Janice Foxworth provided greatly

appreciated companionship and care.

He truly enjoyed the last four years at Spring Haven

where he was surrounded by loving friends and staff.

  The family wishes to thank Good Shepherd Hospice

  and his nurse Sheryl as they were a godsend for

 which he gave thanks frequently.


 He was predeceased by his parents, John and Cora Hoover,

    two brothers, Ronald and Howard,

and is survived by one brother,

Ned Hoover, two sisters, Dorothy (Ralph) Greene,

and Anita (Wendell) Sheets, his four children

and twelve grandchildren.


He hated bad drivers, slow service in restaurants

and tardiness, but loved family get-togethers,

 playing cards, telling stories, ESPN and ESPN2,

good food and regularity.

He was incredibly generous with his time,

 money and talents and gave freely of all.


A donation to Good Shepherd Hospice in

 Auburndale, Florida

 is requested in lieu of flowers. 


A memorial service celebrating his life will be held

at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6,

at Hope Presbyterian immediately followed

at the church by a lunch reception.

Interment at Rolling Hills Cemetery at 1:00.

Crisp-Coon Funeral Home is handling arrangements.






"The Bucket List"

Winter Haven resident Bill Hoover is a terminal cancer patient who is planning on spending what time he has left with his paintbrush in hand.

The premise behind "The Bucket List" is not hypothetical for Bill Hoover.

The Winter Haven resident received a prognosis of one year to live in September after learning his prostate cancer had spread to his bones. Hoover, 83, isn't interested in exotic travel or thrill-seeking during his remaining time.

For him, living fully to the end means sitting in the sunny, makeshift painting studio of his apartment at Spring Haven retirement community. Hoover's apartment abounds with his acrylic paintings: Italian street scenes, a portrait of a fisherman, views of Bok Tower and Cypress Gardens, landscapes from the Spring Haven grounds and an arresting image of an old woman crossing a dirt road, surrounded by geese. One of Hoover's most recent works is a portrait of Sparky, a boxer dog owned by the Spring Haven manager, that he completed in a single morning.

"Before I get out of bed, I'm thinking about what I'm going to be doing - painting," Hoover said. "When I can't paint, all I can do is sit and lay. Since I'm painting, I'm up and I have more energy. I'm just very thankful for it."

Hoover benefits from the support of Good Shepherd Hospice, which provides access to a doctor, a primary-care nurse, a volunteer helper and a chaplain. He was unable to paint for a time last fall because of pain and weakness, but he said doctors adjusted his medication, allowing him to resume his cherished avocation.

Debbie Smith, a clinical manager with Good Shepherd in Lakeland, said patients with terminal illnesses usually don't focus on grandiose gestures like the skydiving, car racing and world travel pursued by the two main characters in "The Bucket List."

"What I've found when we're talking to patients facing the end of life, the things that we think would be important don't appear to be the things they look at," Smith said. "Many times, making a trip seems to be on the top of the priority list for a lot of people, but not trips like you would think - to Hawaii or Europe - but trips back to either a place that made them happy or back to memories of childhood - to the mountains or to sit by the seashore, very simple things."

Smith said she asks hospice patients about their desires, and the answers often seem modest. She said people often want to make one last trip to a familiar restaurant. She recalled one woman whose greatest desire was to go to Plant City and devour an extra-large serving of strawberry shortcake.

"Her daughter came down from up north and ended up taking her," Smith said. "Just the pleasure she got out of driving over to that familiar place and having that strawberry shortcake was wonderful."

Patty Klein, a spokeswoman for Good Shepherd Hospice, told of a patient who had never been legally married to his longtime companion. At his request, the hospice arranged for a wedding in December, and the man died the next day.

Smith said terminal illnesses often prompt yearnings for family connections. Her team helped a patient track down a half-brother with whom he had lost touch, and more commonly she said they help patients work on family photo projects.

Hoover, who has two grown children and several grandchildren in the area, gathered with relatives on Christmas Eve to pore over his family photos in what Good Shepherd chaplain Richard Behers called "a celebration of memory."

Marie Rumph of Lakeland was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and has had two close friends die of cancer. She said she responds to the premise of "The Bucket List."

"I have had a terminal illness, and I've given this some thought," said Rumph, who is in her 50s and is now in remission. "And what I want to do is what I do every day, and that is just be normal - have dinner with my family, talk to friends on the phone, feel the sunshine and see the moonlight. I don't need to skydive to enjoy this earth."


The Lakeland Ledger

Winter Haven, Florida

Sunday, February 27, 2008





Wife - Marilyn Joyce (Garber) Hoover

Born - August 25, 1925

Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Died - July 9. 1995

Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida

Buried - Rolling Hills Cemetery

Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida

Find A Grave Memorial # 87524038



Daughter - Kristen Alane (Hoover) Marone

Born - February 21, 1952

Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

Husband - Gregory Charles Marone

Born - September 23, 1949


Daughter - Karen Joyce Hoover

Born - August 16, 1954

Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana


Daughter - Kimberly Sue (Hoover) Schmucker

Born - September 17, 1958

Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

Husband - Terry Lynn Schmucker


Son - Kevin Edward Hoover

Born - May 9, 1961

Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana



Brother - Ronald Jay Hoover

Born - August 4, 1919

 Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana


Sister - Dorothy Lucille (Hoover) Greene

Born - July 12, 1921

Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana


Brother - Howard Wayne Hoover

Born - April 9, 1926

Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana


Brother - Ned Leroy Hoover

Born - February 24, 1938

Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana


Sister - Anita Kay (Hoover) Sheets

Born - December 14, 1940

Nappanee, Indiana


Father John Edward Hoover

Mother - Cora May (Weaver) Hoover



Grandfather Isaiah Hoover

Grandmother - Emaline (Loucks) Hoover Wise



Great Grandfather Abraham Hoover

Great Grandmother - Susanna (Landis) Hoover



Great - Great Grandfather - John Hoover

Great - Great Grandmother - Susannah (Kurtz) Hoover



Great - Great-Great Grandfather - Martin G. Hoover

Great - Great-Great Grandmother - Elizabeth (Stauffer) Hoover


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