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Henry A. Hoover Obituary

(1927-2015)

Henry A. Hoover was born in Valley, Oklahoma (in Pawnee County) on April 2, 1927. His parents were John and Orpha (Allen) Hoover; he was the youngest of their four children.

He is predeceased by his siblings Walter Hoover, Raymond Hoover and Evelyn Louise Wages (all of the Woodland/Knights Landing area) and his half-sister, Ethel Adler of Maramec, Oklahoma.

His father died when Henry was four, and the family lost their farm. They became part of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl migration, and followed the crops from Oklahoma to Arizona to California. He graduated from Casa Grande High School in Arizona in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police during World War II, and after World War II as part of the Army of Occupation. He also served in the Army Reserves, and was called again to serve in the Korean War, resulting in three honorable discharges.

He married his wife of 63 years, Doris Jean Bartlett Hoover in 1951, and they made their home at Camp Stoneman near Pittsburg, California, where his MP unit was in charge of the stockade. He later served as a Yuba City Police Officer, and was patrolling the levee at Shanghai Bend when the levee broke in the Yuba City Flood on Christmas Eve, 1955. Although he lost his police motorcycle in the floodwaters, his life was spared; he joined the team of rescue workers that brought hundreds of stranded residents to safety.

Henry Hoover had a long career in law enforcement, working as a vehicle theft and fraud investigator for the Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations Division in San Jose, Sacramento, Chico, and Stockton until his retirement in 1984. He was recognized as an expert in fraudulent titles and documents, and was a member of Western States Auto Theft Investigators and The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

He passed away at his Elk Grove home on March 22, 2015 and is survived by his wife, (Doris) Jean Hoover, his children Regina Jett (husband Dan), and Rod Hoover (wife Ingrid), his three grandchildren Vanessa Jett, Dr. Natalie Hoover, and Eric Jett, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Herberger Family Funeral Chapel in Elk Grove on April 2 at 10 a.m., and the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Henry Hoover to the Mustard Seed School for migrant and homeless children through the Sacramento Loaves and Fishes program at 1321 N. C St. Sacramento, CA 95811, or on-line at http:// www.sacloaves.org/programs/mustardseedschool

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2015
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