The Reverend Charles Willard Hoover, (85), of Corona del Mar left this world to join his Lord on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
'Pastor Chuck' served as Pastor of Senior Ministries at Corona del Mar Community Church since 2003. A beloved pastor and friend, Pastor Chuck also led several weekly bible studies, served on several boards and committees, all dedicated to the life and growth of the Church.
Pastor Chuck began his service as minister in 1955 at Wesley United Methodist Church in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He then served at the Methodist Church in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania. In 1958, Pastor Chuck transitioned from the Methodist Church to the United Church of Christ ministries where he served at the North Shore Congregational Church in Milwaukee. In 1966, Pastor Chuck moved his family from Pennsylvania to serve as Senior Pastor at the Church of the Foothills in Tustin, California. He would serve at the Church of the Foothills until 1972. At that time, he partially retired from full-time ministry and established the Hoover Air Conditioning and Heating business, stating that he liked "fixing things.” During that 15-year span, he was frequently called on to preach at the Spurgeon Methodist Church in Santa Ana, the Congregational Church of Avalon in Catalina, and the Old World Village Church in Huntington Beach, California, where he often preached in the German language. In 1988, Pastor Chuck dissolved his air conditioning-heating business to return to the full-time ministry. He served as Pastor of the Woodruff Community Church in Long Beach from 1988 to 1998. He then served as Minister at Bixby Knolls Towers Retirement Center until 2003.
A native of Pennsylvania, Pastor Chuck was born to Leonard and Esther Hoover on March 21, 1929. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1950 and continued on to receive his Bachelor's of Theology from Boston University School of Theology in 1953.
Subsequent to obtaining his education, Pastor Chuck traveled all over Europe “on his motorcycle" with a friend. While there he attended the Tubingen University in Germany from 1953-1954. He would return to Germany to again attend Tubingen University from 1956-1957.
Pastor Chuck is survived by his wife, Tina Hoover; Children: Larry Hoover (wife Amy), Wesley Hoover (wife Marcy), Charlie Hoover (wife Stephanie), Paul Hoover (wife Diana), John Hoover (wife Cathy), Louis Bush (Step-son) and Sandra Brown (Step-daughter) husband Rodney; Grandchildren: lan Hoover, Emily Hoover, Mindy Brown (husband Brian), Mandy Modrell (husband Eric), Trever Hoover, Heidi Hoover, Daniel Hoover, Nathan Hoover, Gabriel Hoover, Kate Hoover, Heidi Welch, Roman Brown, Braunwyn Brown, Regan Brown, Leanne Johnston, Karli Glave, and Kyle Dahlin; Great Grandchildren: Eva Brown, Hudson Brown, Emma Modrell, Hudson Modrell, and Brooke Modrell, Bodie Johnston, Lane Johnston, and Cole Johnston; sister, Sarah Mae Buchert and nephew Jeffrey Buchert (wife Kim).
Chuck could often be seen riding around Corona del Mar either on his "bicycle" or the little red "Bug Truck.”
A celebration of his life will be held at Corona del Mar Community Church on Saturday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m., reception immediately following.
ANY DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE CHURCH: CDM Community Church, 611 Heliotrope, Corona del Mar, CA 92625. 949-644-7400.