Robert L. “Bob” Hoover

Robert L. “Bob” Hoover, the epitome of a true gentlemen and longtime resident of Sunbury passed away early Friday, November 27, 2015 at his Feridean Commons residence. He was 96 years old.

Born on March 13, 1919 in Harlem Township, he was the only child of the late Ralph E. and Carrie L. (Forwood) Hoover. Having graduated from Sunbury High School in 1936 as the class Valedictorian, he went on to attend Miami University before transferring to The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 1941.

He worked at the former Nestles for a brief time during college before marrying Helen (Harris) his first wife and mother of his children. She passed away in 1967 at the young age of 49. He was called to serve his Country in 1944 in the US Navy Veteran during WW II.

Upon returning home from the war he worked as a clerk for the Sunbury Post Office. A career that would span 30 years including 26 years as a rural carrier when he retired in 1976. He married his second wife of 26 years Evelyn (Dawson) in 1973.

He was a member of Sunbury United Methodist Church for 66 years. Bob served as Worshipful Master of Sparrow Lodge #400 F&AM in 1951 where he was a 75 year member. He also served as Worthy Patron of Columbia Chapter #33 OES in 1949 and 1952.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and gardening. A man of detail he took meticulous care of his yard and home. Bob also had a passion for travel; he was blessed to visit every state with the exception of Hawaii. He married the former Virginia (Sponaugle) Owen in 2001, together they cared for each other’s needs until she passed away in 2009.

Always determined, he was soft spoken, genuinely kind and thoughtful. He will be remembered for his friendly nature and love of his family and community.

He is survived by his children Don (Ruthie) Hoover of Westerville, Brenda (Curtis) Ihle of Chocowinity, NC, 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR’s 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Sunbury Memorial Park with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to Sunbury United Methodist Church or the Community Library of Sunbury.

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