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Robert Milton Hoover

Robert Milton Hoover

Our dear father (and Grandpa) Robert Milton Hoover passed away peacefully, in the company of two of his children, on July 19th. He now is with his Lord and his wife who left us just several months ago.

Bob was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, yet grew up in the Welsh hills of Ohio and graduated from Granville High School in 1944. He subsequently enrolled in the Armed Forces and was accepted into West Point Military Academy, graduating in 1950.  He saw active duty in the Korean war as well as the Vietnam war as a pilot, flying small reconnaissance aircraft.  He met the love of his life Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) Rose at West Point when he was a cadet and they married at the West Point Chapel June 13th, 1950.

As an Air Force officer, ultimately Lt. Col., he relocated his family to many places in the United States, including New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, California and also England.  For the last 48 years he lived in Idaho, four years in Mountain Home AFB, before settling ultimately in Boise.

After coming to Idaho in 1970 he regularly took his family to vacation at Redfish Lake and in the upper Salmon River area toward Galena Summit. The owners of the lodge at the lake rented trailer spaces behind the lodge and for several years the family had pretty much the same spot. Backpacking soon followed and there were several trips of a week or more each year both in the Sawtooths and the White Cloud mountains.

He was a man of rigor, conviction, discipline. His life focus was service - to his country, to his family, to his God, & to his community.  After retiring from the military for 26 years service, he obtained a Masters of Business Administration and provided financial planning services to his church and his community.  However, the most remarkable service he provided was in the last several years as constant companion to, and relentless advocate for, his wife in her declining health and ultimate passing. While this was concurrent with his own declining health, his spirit never diminished nor his positive attitude.  He was there for her.

Survivors include his children Craig Hoover, Jeff Hoover (daughter-in-law Michele Gutlove), Wendy Hoover (son-in-law Brad Guinn) and Scott Hoover and his four grandchildren Jacob, Ian, Aliza and Zev as well as three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his mother; Sarah Valoy Hoover, his father; Charles E. Hoover, his brothers John W. Hoover and Charles E. Hoover.

Bob and Peggy were members of Boise Valley Christian Communion (now Discovery Church) for many years as well as Christian Life Fellowship in Boise where Bob was an elder. Bob was well known and respected by many.
Those who knew him well will remember his incisive wit, rich vocabulary and the subtle twinkle in his blue eyes.
He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Services will be held at Christian Life Fellowship at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 4th at 1522 S. Longmont Ave, Boise. Bob will be laid to rest at West Point along side Peggy.

In lieu of flowers, Bob wanted memorials made to Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in memory of Peggy Hoover.

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