Clarence C. Hoover, 85, Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, went to be with his Lord Thursday at Altoona Regional while surrounded by his wife and family after a brief illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of William N. and Grace Elizabeth (Peary) Hoover. He married Dorothy Jean Flood on Sept. 27, 1952, in Winchester, Va., and together they built a family of four children, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years; a daughter, Brenda S. McNelis and husband, Jeff, of Tyrone; two sons: David W. and wife, Patrice, of Boalsburg and Dennis E. and wife, Renee, of Belleville; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hoover of Tyrone; the above grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and three brothers: James of Tyrone, John of Lewisberry and Charles of Milton.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven; and three brothers: Willard, Ernest and Donald "Pete."
After graduating from Tyrone High School in 1945, Clarence was immediately sent to Seneca Lake, N.Y., with the U.S. Navy in WWII's closing days. After his service, he was employed as a repairman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was also a sales representative for many years, then returned to railroad life with Conrail, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Tyrone Church of the Good Shepherd and Howard Gardner American Legion Post 281, and he studied business at Penn State University.
Our husband and father enjoyed gardening, cookouts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State football. Most of all, he loved the Lord and his family.
There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Pastor Aden Wertz officiating. The Tyrone Honor Guard will provide military honors.
Contributions in Clarence's memory may be made to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home or to the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Arrangements are by Derman Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone.