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July 26, 1906 --- March 16, 1987
George E. Hoover, a son given
by the Lord to William and Emma (Shaum)
Hoover, was born at Goshen, Indiana on July 26, 1906, and died in his
home at Greencroft, Dogwood Court, Goshen, IN early Monday morning,
March 16, 1987 following a period of declining strength and
health. The span of his earthly pilgrimage was 80 years, 7 months
and 18 days. In the days prior to his passing he had expressed to
his family members and friends his desire to have his suffering be over
and to depart and be with the Lord.
Today we rejoice in the knowledge that he has passed the barrier of
time as we know it and is forever at home with the Savior he faithfully
served for nearly 65 years.
On New Year's Day of 1935 he was married to Kathryn Schmucker who
survives. Together, for more than 52 years, they
experienced the changing scenes of life in the joyous and fruitful
companionship, which the Lord had entrusted to them.
Surviving along with his wife Kathryn are seven daughters: Gladys -
Mrs. Arthur Hoover of Sheldon, Wisconsin, Thelma - Mrs. Rufus Martin of
Osceola, Ruth - Mrs. Frank Richards, and Eva - Mrs. Basil Borntrager,
and Shirley Reicheit, all of Goshen, Marie - Mrs. Ron Troyer, and Lois
- Mrs. Marty Martin, both of Elkhart, and four sons, Melvin of Goshen,
Floyd of Elkhart, John of Salt Lake City, Utah, and William of
Nappanee, and a number of foster children. He is also remembered
and loved by 35 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren, a sister,
Martha Good of Orrville, Ohio, and a brother, Paul of Goshen.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Warren, Lewis and Maynard.
At the age of sixteen George made the decision upon which all other of
his decisions came to hinge. He acknowledged his need for Jesus Christ
and confessed the Lord as his Savior through water baptism in the
Wisfer Mennonite Church. Since 1957 he with Kathryn have been
members of this Yellow Creek Mennonite congregation. It was my
privilege and the joy of this congregation to know George as a man of
deep faith and conviction. The Church was the focus of his life and in
the bosom of the Church he served faithfully and displayed the
Christian graces which today so richly bless our memories. George
was our brother in Christ and I speak for this congregation in giving
thanks for the encouragement and fellowship we came to know in walking
"The Way" with him. His family takes this occasion to thank their
many friends for the kindnesses which have been given during this time
of sorrow and during the course of the years. Christian friends,
brothers and sisters, are indeed the most meaningful gifts of life.
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the
dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that
they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them"
BD - 3/17/87
A Tribute from The Family
In Memory of George Edward Hoover
In this past week our family has been drawn together in a new way. The
Pop and Grandpa who had cared for us so many years now needed our
special care. As we worked and prayed and waited together through
the long hours we remembered and discovered anew how he affected our
We would like to give this tribute in recognition of what he means to
us. He didn't like long eulogies of praise and would be the first to
admit to human weakness. We, too, know he wasn't perfect but he was
special to us and we wanted to let you know a little of the man you may
not have known.
To his children he was called "Pop" for many years. As the
grandchildren came along this changed to “Grandpa”. He enjoyed being
Grandpa and was excited about each new arrival though he did say he
thought they made Grandpas younger than they used to.
There is no doubt about it. Grandpa was frugal. We all joked about how
he always knew where to find the best bargains. During his last days he
was telling us where we could find broccoli and cheese at the best
prices. (Not at the same place, of course!)What many people may not
have known was his generosity, as he frequently gave monetary gifts to
family members. What we didn't know and only found out in roundabout
'ways, was how often he helped others in need. He wanted to share the
bounty he felt God had given to him.
To us Grandpa was special because he made us feel special. In the 52
years that he and Grandma were together their family grew to over a
hundred people. Each one was known by name, even to the youngest
baby up to the last day of his life.
Many times at Christmas he gave each one a gift and although the gifts
might be similar he would spend hours picking out a Bible verse or
other quote especially suitable for that individual person.
Grandpa enjoyed working with wood. He took delight in taking something
that looked useless to everybody else and making something beautiful
out of it, such as a lamp from an overgrown woody cauliflower stalk.
Then he would ask, "Do you know what this is made of?"
We all have things made with his careful craftsmanship. Lamps &
candleholders were given as birthday and graduation gifts.
Many of the great-grandchildren have doll cradles with little blankets
made by Grandma.
To all of us he was Mr. Fix-it.
Your clock doesn't work? Take it to Grandpa.
You need some frames or a wooden board? Ask Grandpa.
Your pots and pans have lost their handles? Let Grandpa put on a wooden
one. 0, yes, it's true. You would probably get a long
explanation of how your item got fixed but it was a small price to pay.
When he did something it was done right and he taught us to do the
same. (At least he sure tried!) Grandpa wanted us to get satisfaction
from and take pride in a job well done.
His patience in looking for lost items is a legend among us, and he
usually found them after the rest of us had long given up.
Grandpa's humor was contagious. His hearty laugh was often heard and
still echoes in the family, especially through his sons.
Grandpa enjoyed traveling and visited many people. He knew no
strangers. Guests were always welcome at his house. He had a good
memory and could tell stories of things that happened yesterday or 75
years ago. (Be sure you had some time to listen! These stories could
get a little long and involved!)
Grandpa took great pride in his family. To everyone around he would
make sure they knew that this was HIS child or that was HIS
grandchild. To those who lived far away he sent personal letters
to let them know what was going on in the family.
There was a certain chemistry between Grandma and Grandpa which
sometimes made the sparks fly. But more often it was like a
magnet with the two united as one working toward a common goal.
Grandpa was always there for us. We find it hard to realize that he is
gone because we felt that Grandpa and Grandma would always be there.
Grandpa could go to sleep very easily, even in the dentist's chair.
Monday morning he went to sleep the same way.
Grandpa's greatest concern was the spiritual welfare of his family,
which he voiced again on his last day.
Yes, we grieve, but with a joyous hope. We ask that you, too, rejoice
with us as we celebrate the culmination and crowning achievement of his
life - Grandpa's Homegoing.
Thelma Hoover Martin
March 18, 1987
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