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Chuck Willard Hoover

March 21, 1929 - April 10, 2014

May 01, 2014

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.

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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.

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