Gerald L. "Lee" Hoover

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A memorial service for Gerald Lee Hoover of Clear Lake City, will be held April 7, 2018, at 1pm, at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. Hoover, 73, died Jan. 3, 2018, while in Dayton, Ohio. He was born in Alton, Illinois, July 23, 1944, to Ruth and Walter Hoover. He attended Alton city schools, graduating from Alton High School in 1962.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country for five years in Alaska, Viet Nam, and Washington D. C.

Lee attended the Missouri School of Mines, where he graduated in 1970 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He met his future wife, Nancy Elizabeth Downs, while a student working on co-op with Phillips Petroleum Company. They married in 1967 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The aluminum industry, the carbon industry and the environmental field benefitted from Lee's expertise. He enjoyed his work and continued until his retirement in 2014 in Houston, Texas.

He was an involved father to his two children, Bill and Michael, coaching (and learning) soccer, then joining Boy Scouting as a den leader, Webelos leader, assistant scoutmaster and then scoutmaster. He holds Boy Scouting's Wood Badge. He used to say, "It never rains on the Scoutmaster!" And it never did.

Lee was active in his church, serving as an elder in two congregations. He taught Sunday School while living in Tennessee and led Bible Study most of the 25 years that he participated in Small Group Bible Study in Houston.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Elizabeth; his two sons, William Lee and wife, Christie, and Michael Scott and his wife, Ali; and his beloved grandchildren, Austin, Madison, Christopher and Lauren Hoover. He was the youngest of six siblings: Darlene Grizzle, Donald Myers (June), Norma Gentry (Joe), Bill Myers and Irene Shampine (Jim), all of whom preceded him in death. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Charlie Myers (Jay), Tim Myers (Neenah Nash), David Gentry (Carol). Dan Gentry (Lisa) Janet Gentry, Susan Downs, Peggy Van Hemert, Esther Maples, Rob Hughes (Kristy) and numerous grandnieces and nephews.

Lee was a lifelong student of history, especially military history. His other interests included woodworking, travel, and playing bridge, Tripoley and poker. Game Fellowship was one of his favorite activities.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to , researchers in Parkinson's Disease, and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


Published on yourbayareanews.com from Mar. 13 to Mar. 26, 2018
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