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Master Sgt. Herbert E. Hoover

Posted: Thursday, Jun 27th, 2013

Herbert Hoover passed away at his home in rural Templeton on Thursday, June 20, 2013.††Herbert, age 85, was born February 23, 1928 in Martinsburg, Penn. to Jesse Hoover and Margaret (Steele) Hoover.

He was raised on a farm in the Martinsburg area and graduated from Morrison Cove High School in the class of 1946.†Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp and continued serving for 22 years, retiring in 1968.

During his career, he served in the World War II occupation of Japan, the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. In 1958 while stationed in California, he met and married widow Jean Lacefield, immediately becoming a father to Jeanís daughter, 17-year-old Kay. Jean and Kay justifiably thought the world of him. He was a wonderful husband and father.† Throughout the years, their love and appreciation of him grew.

When Kay later married and had children, Herb and Jean thought of them, and treated them, as their own children. During the grandchildrenís college years, Herb and Jean happily welcomed two of the kids into their Redlands home.

Herb had an unquenchable thirst for information and knowledge. At the age of 40, he continued his own college education and graduated with honors from Mount San Jacinto Community College.†

After graduation, he began a second career as a vehicle inspector for the California Highway Patrol at the truck scales near Banning. He was soon promoted to fleet and school bus inspector at the San Bernardino office, where he finished this second career with retirement.

In 1991, after this second retirement, he and Jean relocated to their rural home near Templeton to be closer to their daughter and her family in nearby Atascadero.

During this retirement, Herb finally got some leisure time and enjoyed traveling around the country and touring through some foreign lands. Though his sisters and their families lived along the East Coast, through the years they maintained continual contact with hardly a week going by without correspondence amongst them. In his later years, Herb enjoyed caring for the wildlife surrounding their home and orchard. He cultivated friendships with the local cottontail, quail, doves, hummingbirds, hawks and buzzards which knew his special whistle as their own dinnerbell. He always had a picture to share or a story to tell about the antics of these wild critters.†

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald, sister Eileen, wife Jean, daughter Kay Schenberger, and grandson Glen Schenberger.††He is survived by his sisters Maryella (Dean) Alwine, Janet (Ken) Stover, his son-in-law Dick Schenberger, his grandchildren Chris Schenberger and Laurie (Mike) Pudwill, his great-grandchildren Carolyn, Amanda, Alisha and Ryan, in addition to his numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Everything about him will be greatly missed.

Services and interment with military honors will be at 1 p.m. on July 10, 2013 at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery near Santa Nella.

For the complete article see the 06-28-2013 issue.

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