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(Larry) Clayton Hoover, 75, of Blue Springs, Missouri went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Research Medical Center.
Clayton had grown to love the Word of God, the Bible, and studied for hours to prepare his Sunday School lessons at his church home, Living Stones Church in Blue Springs. He would want everyone to know Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”, John 14:6.
Clayton was born September 16, 1948 and adopted as an infant by his adoring parents, Abe and Margaret (Foster) Hoover. He spent most of his growing up years in Independence, Missouri, graduating from Van Horn High School in 1966.
He enlisted in the Air Force in the Fall of 1966. Before heading off to serve during the Vietnam War, he married Sandra Dryer in 1967 and had one son, Matthew in 1968. Clayton and Sandra welcomed their second son, Adam in 1971.
Clayton served on the Lead Load Team (bomb loaders) at the Royal Thai Air Force Base at Takhli, Thailand from 1969 – 1970. Sgt. Hoover was honorably released from active duty in March of 1970. He joined Lexington Plumbing as an apprentice plumber in 1970, attended and graduated in 1975 from the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 8 Training Center in Kansas City.
In 1974, Clayton married Nedra Gordon Hoover, and they enjoyed 48 wonderful years together.
He owned and operated Hoover Plumbing and then Parkway Plumbing Blue Springs from 1975 until 2023.
Clayton loved football and thoroughly enjoyed being a part-time member of the sideline chain crew for the Mizzou football games. Clayton was part of the Mizzou Chain Crew who was proudly inducted into the 2021 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed running the sideline chain crew for the Blue Springs High School football games for many years.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Sandra; parents Abe and Margaret Hoover; son Matthew Hoover; and half brother Jim Clingan. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years Nedra; son and daughter-in-law Adam and Shauna Hoover of Grain Valley; grandchildren Emilee, Alec, Jack, and Max Hoover; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins, Clayton felt very blessed to have found his biological siblings over the past 15 years – brothers Mark (Donna) Clingan, Charlie (Juli) and Daniel (Robin) Bell; and sister Jeanna (Rob) Cissell.
Rather than flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Resource Health Services, 1260 NE Windsor, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086. RHS offers compassionate care to men and women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An alternative for donation may be made to Living Stones Church, 22603 NW Pink Hill Rd, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015.
Clayton was deeply loved and will be incredibly missed until we meet again because of Jesus.
Visitation will be 5-7pm, followed by a Celebration of Life at First Baptist Church Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, Missouri 64057. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 11am, Friday, October 27, 2023 at Blue Springs Cemetery.