Rex Hoover, 80

Rex Harold Hoover, 80, of Churubusco, passed at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home. Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Roanoke, he was the son of William Dale and Clarissa Mary (Harvey) Hoover.Rex was raised in Roanoke and he graduated from Roanoke High School with the Class of 1951. He was inducted into the Huntington County Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 in basketball at the P.A.L. recreation center. He served in the U.S. Army. On Oct. 6, 1957, he married Kay Arlene “Sam” Patten in Roanoke. They lived in the South Whitley-North Manchester area for 46 years on the Hoover Family Farm. Rex retired from Kroger’s Warehouse in Fort Wayne in 1996 and also was a farmer. He was a member of Skyline Church, Fort Wayne and American Legion Post 777.Surviving relatives include his daughter, Kimberly “Kim” Hoover of Churubusco; son, Michael A. (Michelle) Hoover of Wolcottville; three grandchildren, Andrew A. (Alicia Hyde) Knapp of Fort Wayne, Mara R. Knapp and Megan S. Vogts both of Churubusco; and his dog, Shasta. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Clarissa Hoover; his wife of 53 years, Kay A. “Sam” Hoover; and his brother, Morris Hoover.Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Britney Sloffer officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Chapel Cemetery. Memorials may be given in the memory of Mr. Hoover to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Visit to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.