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Eldon H. Hoover
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto, for Eldon Hilkey Hoover, 96, of Modesto. He died Nov 24, 2011.

Allen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Born June 9, 1915 in Overbrook, Kan., to Bert and Myrtle Hoover, Eldon graduated from Ottawa University and then served for four years during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Quartermaster Corps. He married Hazel Frances Supple in 1946 and they moved to Ceres, settling on a peach and nut farm on Moffet Road in Ceres. They raised six children. In addition to working part time on his 16-acre Ceres ranch, Mr. Hoover was a social worker with the Stanislaus County Welfare Department for 30 years. He was an active member of the Modesto Church of the Brethren and was among those instrumental in the building of the congregation's modern facility on Woodland Avenue. Eldon was a charter member of the Tuolumne River Lodge, where the family enjoyed many summer afternoons and evenings. He spent many summer vacation trips at Camp Peaceful Pines in the Sierra Nevada.

He leaves behind five daughters, Sarah Ann Bowman of Boones Mill, Va., Mary Jeanette Ebenhack of Marietta, Ohio, Barbara Corinne Pekema of King City, Beverly Hoover Seese of Delphi, Ind., and Peggy Louise Castaneda of Modesto; his sister, Vada Land of Overbrook, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Samuel Bowman, Joanna Shipp, David Pekema, Andrew Pekema, Julia Seese, Martin Seese, Garland Castaneda and Vincent Castaneda; and one great-granddaughter, Jenna Hazel Shipp. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Hazel, and son Joe David Hoover.

Remembrances may be sent to the church, to Camp Peaceful Pines through the Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto, CA 95358; to Optimal Hospice Care, Modesto; or to a favorite charity.

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-Ceres Courier/ November 30, 2011