Clark County Clipper, May 3, 1928


Ray Westfall Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hoover, was born May 25, 1900 at Wichita, Kansas, and passed away at Norton, Kansas, April 25, 1928, at the age of 27 years and 11 months.

Ray attended the public schools of Wichita, Kansas, graduating from the Fairmont grade school, and three years in the Wichita high school.  During his junior year at high school he had the misfortune to loose the sight of his right eye and on account of that did not complete his high school course.  Two years later he was employed by the Cudahy Packing Co. as time keeper.  He held this position until January, 1921, when he was stricken with pneumonia from which he never fully recovered ..

The first of March, 1921, Ray came to Ashland with his parents and was employed in the grocery and meat market owned by his father and his uncle, Fred A. Hoover.  After coming to Ashland Ray's health improved and his parents thought he had fully recovered from his weakness contracted during the siege of pneumonia.  However, two years later he had a relapse from which he was never able to fully recover, and a year later, his parents took him to the State Sanatorium at Norton where he could be given expert treatment and care.  Although Ray made a determined fight to regain his health, all that he, his parents and physicians could do seemed in vain, and the end came May 25th.

Ray Hoover made many friends during the years he lived in Ashland who have never ceased to have a large interest in his welfare.  At this time we would join these friends in expressions or regret at Ray's untimely departure and extend our sympathy to his parents and sister in their bereavement.

The funeral was held at the Lahey & Martin funeral home, April 27th, and he was laid to rest in Memorial Lawn cemetery, Wichita.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 31, 2005.

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