Herbert Charles Hoover

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Herbert (Herb) Charles Hoover on October 6, 2010 in Vernon, BC. Herb was predeceased his wife Irene in 1978; his brothers Art, Les, Len; and his sister Lydia. Herb is survived by 3 children Lorne (Carol), Karen (Bob), and David (Donna); 5 grandchildren; and 8 eight great-grandchildren. Herb was born in Armstrong, BC January 19, 1919, the 3rd of 5 children. His family owned a small farm in Silver Creek where his Dad operated a sawmill. Herb and his brothers took to thrashing and contracted with many farmers in the area. Later, the family operated a short system white flour mill, the first in Western Canada, where Herb worked after school and several summers. In 1941, Herb joined the Canadian Army, stationed in Norman Wells NWT and became a searchlight battery operator specializing as a diesel fitter. In 1943, Herb purchased a garage in Falkland and sold Mac Trucks and Columbia Trailers, becoming the largest dealer in BC. In 1951, Herb sold his business and moved back to Armstrong, where he purchased a men’s clothing store. Herb’s father, owner of Hoover Sawmills, passed away in 1953 whereby Herb was designated to take over the operation of the mill. Herb held many positions with the Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association and was their representative on the Canadian Board. The mill sold in 1964. Herb purchased the Swanson farm in Armstrong in 1967 where he raised purebred polled Herefords and won many awards with his cattle. As part of his retirement, Herb sold the farm in 1974, enjoyed retirement living in Armstrong and later in Vernon. Herb loved travelling, gardening, boating, water, and snow skiing. Herb will be sorely missed by his entire family – especially the Sunday morning pancake breakfasts. Honouring Herb’s wishes, only a private family service will be held. The family wishes to expresses their thanks for the kind and compassionate care given, Herb’s last years at Noric House were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. Special thanks also go out to the Personal Alternative Funeral Services in Armstrong for their kindness and help in a difficult time. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via email armstrong@pafs.net

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