Lon Ahlers Hoover, D.O. Quietly passed away on May 8, 2014 with his family nearby. Dr. Hoover was born October 17, 1930 in Tacoma, WA. He graduated from Stadium High School in 1948 and earned his BS from the College of Puget Sound in 1952. In 1956 Lon, along side his twin brother, graduated as a doctor from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His internship was at Clare General Hospital, MI. Lon moved back to Tacoma and took over his father, Harold V. Hoover's family medicine and OB practice. In 1977, he became a beloved assoc. professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Family Medicine Department. There he specialized wholeheartedly in manipulative medicine, and was a consultant to the MSU division of athletic medicine. He retired in 1996 and moved to Vashon Island, WA. Until Parkinson's limited him, he took his treatment table with him everywhere, and laid healing hands on anyone who needed his attention. Outside of his profession, he was a passionate vocalist, UPS Alumni Trustee, 1st Congregational Church leader and amazing athlete (mountaineer, hiker, skier and mower of lawns). After retiring, he took up mountain biking. And in his mid-70's, he successfully finished the 3 day/3 summit Courage Classic bike race to support Tacoma's Children's Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn (email@example.com), and two daughters, Carol and Susan. He has a 14 year old granddaughter, Jennifer, the apple of his eye and 11 nieces/ nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister, Regina Hoover PhD, and his brother, Larry Hoover, D.O. A celebration of his life will be held at University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Chapel on Sunday, May 25th at 2:00 pm.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 18, 2014.