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Rick Hoover
Services were held Friday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Rick Hoover, 57, of La Grange. The former Ceres resident died unexpectedly on Dec. 9, 2009.

Born on March 23, 1952 in Pasco, Wash., Rick graduated from Downey High in 1971 and was a member of the FFA chapter, winning many awards in swine production and land judging at both state and national levels. He joined the Army National Guard Reserves, serving as a medic while stationed in Texas. He lived in Ceres before moving to La Grange. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 37 years. Rick was the first one to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, camping, horseback riding and gardening. He was a member of many Bass Tournament circuits. His skill and love of fishing led him to win the California Bass Federation State Championship in 2004. It also inspired him to volunteer his time and equipment to help teach kids how to fish in such organizations as Take a Kid Fishing, Boy Scouts of America, and Casting Kids.

He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Hoover of La Grange; two children, Jessica and Kyle; two brothers, Mark Hoover and Larry Hoover; his sister, Barbara Rogers; his parents, Harry Hoover of Turlock, and Betty Raney of Ceres; and three grandchildren, Seth, Ashley and Madison.

Remembrances may be sent to Valley First Credit Union, P.O. Box 1411, Modesto CA 95353 (account #170183).

-Ceres Courier /December 23, 2009