James S. Hoover,79 of Butler went home to his eternal home in heaven after a
courageous battle with strokes on March 26,2018 at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.
He was surrounded by his loving family.
Born on June 5, 1938, James was the son of the late John and Mary (Wilt) Hoover.
Jim was a graduate of the Rimersburg High School class of 1957. His high school years
were spent playing football where he played varsity for 4 years. He hired on the
Pennsylvania Railroad at age 18 and worked there for 43 years as a conductor until his
retirement. All who worked with him over the years would say he was an exemplary
He was an active member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Herman and loved to
volunteer there. He was an usher and helped with the Lenten fish dinners serving coffee
to the workers.
Jim was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Roman Catholic Men's Club. He
was an avid hunter and outdoorsmen and enjoyed spending many hours at his camp in
Sigel, PA with his wife, Barb. Later in retirement he enjoyed golf. He was an incredible
caretaker of his possessions and could put a shine on everything from his shoes to his cars;
he made everything look brand new.
Most of all, Jim loved his family, his church, and his numerous close friends. He was
blessed with spending many holidays with his family. He especially enjoyed his Easter
Egg Hunt for his great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Hillwig Hoover whom he married on June 6, 1959, one
son, James S. Hoover Jr, (Suzanne) of Tennessee and one daughter, Mary (John) Musko
of Butler, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, three brothers, John (Patty)
Hoover of Florida, Gerald (Janet) Hoover of Florida, Joseph Hoover of McConnellsburg,
PA, one sister, Julia (Alec) Miller of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.
A sister-in-law, Lesa Hoover.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, Jeff.
Friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. Butler, PA 16001 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Wednesday. A Blessing Service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday from the Funeral Home. Rev. George Wilt to officiate. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Herman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Dr. Butler, PA 16001.