1964, Donald Ray Hoover, 72, entered into Glory on February 25, 2012. He was born October 26, 1939 in Gering, NE to Benny Elsworth and Lois Fern Bolin Hoover. During WWII Don’s family moved to Oakland, CA where his father worked as a welder in the shipyards. After the war, the family moved to the North Platte, NE area, where Don graduated with the North Platte High School Class of 1958. He served in the Army National Guard from 1957-1963. In 1964, he graduated from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE with a BA of Theology. Don was united in marriage with Marlene Udd of Essex, IA on October 30, 1964. The couple pastored churches in Shelton, NE, St. Lawrence, SD, Gordon, NE and the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Atlantic, IA. From 1972-1977, he served as Candidate Secretary for Japan Evangelical Mission based in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. After retiring from the pastorate, Don worked in the bearing manufacturing plant in Atlantic. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elk Horn, IA. Don enjoyed hunting, photography, leather carving, and model railroading.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Lee Hoover. Survivors are his wife Marlene, of 47 years; his children: Randall Scott Hoover (Peggy) of Papillion, NE; Janelle Dawn Hoover Buschman (Mark) of Perryton, TX; Deborah Marie Hoover Ried (Dwight) of Newell, IA; Wesley Jon Hoover (Tonna) of Atlantic, IA; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, L. Louise Cullinan (Bob) of Paxton, NE; two brothers, Daniel Hoover (Donna), and Terry Hoover (Tami) both of North Platte, NE.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 28 at the First Baptist Church of Elk Horn, IA. Rev. Paul Reynolds and Rev. Melvin Koehn will officiate. There will be Open Visitation at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic on Sunday, February 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M, Monday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., at which time Don’s Family Will Meet with Friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., also at Rolands. Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic, IA is caring for Don’s family and service arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to sign guest book condolences on the Roland website at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.