August 6, 1926 — August 9, 2012
Rolland W. “Rol” Hoover, 86, of Peoria, passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Private services will be held, with the Rev. Michael P. DeTrempe officiating. Interment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Rolland was born in Minonk on August 6, 1926, the son of Leonard and Georgia (Peltz) Hoover. They preceded him in death, along with two sisters, Henrietta and Alice. He married Alene “Sue” (Magnuson) on October 11, 1952 in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by his sons, Roger (Pam) Hoover of Peoria, David (Keeley) Hoover of Trivoli and Douglas Hoover of Newport Coast, CA; grandchildren, Ryan and Jedediah Hoover of Peoria, Jesse Hoover of Trivoli, Jarrod Hoover of Rockville, MD and Matt and Brandon Hoover of Newport Coast.
Rolland graduated from Manual High School in Peoria in 1944. After graduation, he was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, serving as an electrician aboard the Destroyer USS Wantuck APD 125. He earned the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.
He was employed for thirty-three years with Illinois Bell Telephone Co. He worked in various positions, retiring in 1988 as a cable repairman. After his retirement, he was employed for eleven years for various Peoria Park District golf courses.
Rolland attended Memorial Christian Church, Elks Club #20 and AMVETS Post #64, all in Peoria.
In retirement, he and Sue enjoyed spending their winters playing golf in New Braunfels, TX. He also enjoyed working in the yard and, in later years, walking his cat, Sammy, around the block every morning.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rol’s memory to the St. Jude Research Hospital or Illinois CancerCare in Peoria.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.
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