Leon Carl Hoover, 71, of Fremont, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Bellevue, to Zerah and Leta (Myers) Hoover, and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Perry and Mabel Auble. Leon was a graduate of Thompson High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-66 as a weapons mechanic. From 1966-73, he worked for various printing companies. He was on active duty with the Ohio Air National Guard in Port Clinton, beginning in 1973, retiring in 1983. Leon loved his country and was proud to serve it. He was an active participant in the National Rifle and Pistol matches at Camp Perry in Port Clinton. As a member of the Air National Guard, he assisted in the tornado of 1977 and the blizzard of 1978. He was a member of the Clyde Jaycees, and a Scout Master in Fremont.
He is survived by his children, Judith (Timothy) Henderson of Green Springs, Ohio, and Michael (Aileen) Hoover of Mason, Ohio; grandchildren, Jeremiah L. Gyurica, Brian K. Henderson, Anthony J. Hoover, Mary E. Hoover and Thomas J. Hoover; one great-grandson, Terrence Hoover; and a half sister, Pat Chapman of Sandusky. Leon also leaves behind many friends from Karen's Restaurant in Fremont, fellow service members, and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Hailey Lynn Fite; his parents; 12 siblings; and two half brothers.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday in Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fremont. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday in the funeral home, with military rites. Burial will be private at Armstrong Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Fremont Memorial Hospital. Condolences may be made at hermankinn.com.