Harold Duane Hoover of New Paris (82)


Harold Duane Hoover, commonly known as “Skip,” of New Paris, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Reid Health at the age of 82.

He was born on May 1, 1941, in Gilmore County, West Virginia, to the late Harold Duane Williams and Helen Pearl (Lamb) Hoover.

In addition to his birth parents, Skip was also preceded in death by his adoptive father, Kenneth E. Hoover.

Skip is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patricia “Pat” (Spiller) Hoover, whom he married on May 11, 2002; his children, Christal (Mark) Ranes of Kalida, Ohio, and Joseph (Jona) Hoover of Greenville; his grandchildren, Catherine (Blayne) Dickerson, Cassaundra (Alex) Shreve, Coy (Alicia) McConnell, JohnRey Abao, and Emma Hoover; great-grandchildren, Ember, Silas, Jordyn, Elijah, Jai; and six step-grandchildren. Skip is also survived by Pat’s children, Henry (Janet) Spiller, Michael (Vanessa) Spiller, Christopher Spiller, Mary (Trent) Gibson, and her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Skip was a graduate of New Madison High School. In his youth, he was an active Boy Scout and earned the Eagle Scout rank. He then joined the United States Navy, where he served for six years active duty and retired from the Navy Reserves after 24 years of total service. Skip worked for D.A. Fitzgerald and then FPE, where he retired as a tool-and-die journeyman.

Skip was a Master of the Fort Black Masonic Lodge and a current member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge. He was also a very active member of the New Madison American Legion Post 245, where he served as Commander and was also a past County Commander. Skip was a Master Gardener in Wayne County and loved to tend to his vegetable garden. Aside from his many activities, Skip was most proud to be a dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa.

A graveside service, with full military honors, will take place at 12:00 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison.

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