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Robert Harold Hoover, Jr.January 27, 1949 ~ April 12, 2018 (age 69)
Robert H. Hoover, Jr. (Bob), former Procter & Gamble Sales Representative and Heads Shoes Sales, passed away in Wichita, Kansas on April 12, 2018. He was born in Independence, Kansas to the late Robert H. Hoover, Sr. and Josephine Hoover. He graduated from Independence High School (1967), attended Independence Community College and then Emporia State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and graduated with a BSE in December, 1971. He also met his wife, Ronda, at college and during their marriage, they have lived in Wichita and Overland Park, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1994 Bob was diagnosed with syringomyelia and syringobulbia which completely changed life as it would have been. Sixteen months after a major neurosurgery, he was eventually able to return to the work force for a couple of years before being forced into disability on February 28, 1998. Although this incurable condition included many challenges, Bob always had hope and strength through the pain and declining health. Bob had a lifelong hobby with trains and model railroading and also a passion for carnivals and the circus. He was very knowledgeable about all of these, including a great deal of history. His love of trains and model railroading resulted in many memories and events being centered around trains. His particular interest in model railroading was in the Frisco railroad and the former line from Beaumont to Neodesha, Kansas. Bob enjoyed assisting the Beaumont Community Association with their preservation of Frisco Railroad train history. Bob also loved carnivals and kept up to date on many carnivals around the country, as well as new releases of carnival rides. He particularly loved the Royal American carnival which traveled by train. As long as the Royal American existed, he anxiously awaited the arrival of the carnival in Hutchinson for the Kansas State Fair. He loved to photograph the carnival and was known to spend almost all night watching the train unload. In 2015, Bob assisted the Kansas State Fair with its highlight of the carnival “Year of the Ride” at the State Fair in the Kansas State Fair Museum/Lair White House. His favorite local carnival was the Ottaway Amusement Company and he has enjoyed a long friendship with the Ottaway family. Bob’s love for the circus was similar to carnivals as he was knowledgeable about pretty much any existing circus in this country. He was particularly happy to fulfill his wish to visit the Circus World Museum in Baribou, Wisconsin in 2008. Bob also loved the annual Neewollah celebration in his hometown. He loved cooking and considered making a pot of his “made from scratch” red sauce to be therapeutic. Bob was an avid college basketball fan with the Wichita State Shockers being his favorite team. Due to the physical limitations of his declining health, he was last able to attend a game in December, 2016. Bob is survived by his wife, Ronda; son, Robert H. Hoover, III (Rob), grandson, Robert H. Hoover, IV (Harry), and brother, Larry. Visitation with sharing Bob’s life will be on Tuesday, April 17 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Broadway Mortuary, 1147 South Broadway, with family present. A private funeral service will be held with burial at Kensington Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Bob’s name to American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project (ASAP); www.asap.org. More importantly, in Bob’s memory, his family requests everyone to always be certain to personally visit those who are ill or homebound.
American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project (ASAP)
PO Box 1586, Longview TX 75606-1586