Leo Hoover died on January 16, 2021 at age 97 in Baton Rouge from COVID-19. Born on August 31, 1923, he was a long time resident of Independence, Louisiana.
After graduating from Independence High School, he attended Southeastern University for 2 years before being drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943. He was a C-47 radio operator in the CBI (China Burma India) campaign as a member of the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron that flew troops and supplies over “the Hump” over the Himalayan mountains. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters among other commendations.
On the day he returned home from WWII he met Beulah, the love of his life, and in 1947 they were married. He continued his service in the USAF Reserves while completing a bachelor’s degree at LSU. A skilled salesman, he returned home to Independence to start his own business, The Hoover Furniture Company, which Leo and Beulah co-owned and operated for over 40 years.
He could always find joy even in the toughest of times. He instilled in his family a strong work ethic, Christian values, and a love of life. Leo was deeply devoted to loving his wife Beulah and caring for her even as their health and minds declined with age. They faced these challenges with grace while keeping a positive attitude each day.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Addie and Luther Hoover; brother, Stanley Hoover; and sister, Stella Almeter.
He is survived by his children, Sherry Scimeca and husband Donnie Scimeca; Don Hoover and wife Peggy; grandchildren, Tyler Scimeca and wife Lauren, Christy Scimeca, Chad Hoover, Kevin Hoover and wife Sarah; and great grandson, Abram Hoover.
Due to COVID-19, a private service was held for immediate family on January 23, 2021 followed by interment at Colonial Cemetery Mausoleum in Independence, Louisiana.