John H. Hoover, 95, farmer, truck driver, Springville church member, had 213 great-grandchildren

By on February 1, 2017

John H. Hoover, 95, of Ephrata, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Lincoln Christian Home.

He was born March 28, 1921 in Earl Township to the late Aaron B. and Anna (Huber) Hoover, and was the husband of Mary S. (Bicher) Hoover.

A member of Springville Mennonite Church, John was a farmer and a truck driver and he was dearly loved by his whole family.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by nine children: Esther Mae, wife of Paul Eberly, of Loysville; Daniel W., husband of Verna H. (Martin) Hoover, of Schaefferstown; Leonard W., husband of Lillian (Anderson) Hoover, of Stevens; Mary E., wife of Raymond Martin, of Lititz; Emma, wife of Levi Brubaker, of Ephrata; Erma, wife of Leland Martin, of Ephrata; John J., husband of Dorothy (Martin) Hoover, of Blain; Julia, wife of Lamar Hoover, of Stevens; Miriam, wife of Jay Showalter, of Ephrata; four stepchildren: Marlin R. Weaver of Stevens; Leon P., husband of Leah Fay (Groff) Weaver, of Denver; Janice, wife of Phares Zeiest, of Narvon; Aaron R., husband of Louise (Martin) Weaver, of Denver; 53 grandchildren; 213 great-grandchildren; 47 great-great-grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 33 step-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law: Vera Hoover of Manheim.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife: Mabel (Weaver) Hoover; a great-grandchild: Lexy Hoover; and a stepson: Alvin R. Weaver; a stepdaughter-in-law: Edith M. (Groff) Weaver; and a brother: Aaron H. Hoover.

Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Springville Mennonite Church, Ephrata, with Bishops Melvin Martin and Lester B. Martin officiating. Interment followed in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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