RAYMOND Marion E. Hoover, 88, died May 12, 2012, in Raymond. He was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Owensboro, Ky.
His family moved to Portland in 1928. In 1940 at the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served on board the U.S.S. West Virginia in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He was aboard ship in Pearl Harbor during the bombing. He proudly served his country at sea and back home where he rose to the rank of G.Sgt (gunnery sergeant). He was on recruiting duty in Louisville, Ky., until his retirement in 1961.
He began his second career in 1962 when he joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he excelled in his passion for food preparation and helping others. He worked his way up to food administrator. He was respected and admired by his coworkers and the inmates alike. One of his many accomplishments was being an important part of the opening of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego, Calif., in 1974. He retired again in 1979.
In 2007, after the death of his wife of 50 years, Marion moved to Ocean Park. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and continued to be an asset to the community and to help others until his death.
Marion is survived by two sisters, Jean Davis of Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., and Thelma Misener of Aloha, Ore.; one brother, James Hoover of Alta, Calif.; two sons, Larry Hoover of Sheridan, Ore., and James Hoover of Roseburg, Ore.; two daughters, Colleen Lessig and Janet Kimbrell, both of Long Beach; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Since their father dedicated his life to helping and feeding others, the family asks that in lieu of flowers you make a donation in his name to the Ocean Park Food Bank or the Eagles charities. His ashes will be spread along with those of his wife on Sunset Beach between Gearhart and Seaside, Ore., in August.