Douglas K. Hoover, 79, died peacefully Wednesday morning, November 17, 2021 at his home under the care of his family and Kindred Hospice.
He was born in Bucyrus on July 18, 1942 to the late Clifford and Helen (Lahr) Hoover and raised on the family farm in the Mt. Zion area where they raised dairy cows and sheep. Doug graduated from Mt. Zion High School in 1960 where he excelled in basketball, baseball, and music. He then studied Agricultural Economics and music at The Ohio State University where he played trombone in the marching band and graduated in 1964. On September 8, 1963, Doug and his high school sweetheart, Judy Neubacher were married. He returned to Crawford County where he and Judy raised their family, farmed, and worked for The Timken Co., retiring as Principal Analyst.
Doug will be remembered as a family man who worked hard and loved his church and community. He enjoyed every moment he had with his children and taught them the same work ethic. He was a former member of the Nevada Lions Club and served on the boards of Wynford Schools, Crawford County Schools, and Oakwood Cemetery. He was a lifelong member of Good Hope Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School, served on Council and as an usher. He enjoyed the game of golf, following the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians, and playing with the OSUMB Alumni Band and Bucyrus Nazarene Orchestra. At home, he loved owning and caring for every animal, especially his prized Friesian horses. Doug and Judy had several opportunities to travel in the US and abroad and cherished these memories along with every opportunity they had to gather with their family and friends.
Doug is survived by his cherished bride of 58 years, Judy Hoover; children, Phil (Michelle) Hoover, Kris Hoover, and Scott (Heather) Hoover; and grandchildren, Emma Dierkers, Mason Hoover, and Kylie Hoover.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Mark Hoover; brother, Gerald Hoover, and an infant sister.
The Hoover family is gathering privately as they lay him to rest in Oakwood Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Doug with a memorial donation are asked to make gifts payable to Good Hope Lutheran Church and give through Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Memories and photos can be shared on Doug’s Tribute Wall.