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J. Thomas Hoover 

67, of Big Bear, Calif., passed on April 10, 2012. He was born April 15, 1944, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Genevieve Cohorst-Kelso and the late J Thomas Hoover. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s. Tom was employed by Safeway, Carrs, and Albertsons Markets from a box boy to V.P. - he enjoyed working and doing what he did best. He also volunteered for the Big Bear Lake Citizens on Patrol. Tom had a kind and lively spirit. From sailing to golf (he loved playing in the Golf League at Bear Mountain) he infused his life with activity, friendships and family. We all enjoyed and will miss his captivating stories and witty jokes.

He is survived by his mother Genevieve Kelso of Big Bear Lake; sons: Tom, Todd (Sherry), Tyler (Jessica) and grandchild Mason, all of Washington; siblings: Earl (Beverly) Kelso of Anaheim Hills, Connie Teal of Garden Grove, Bonnie and Donna Kelso of Big Bear Lake, and Mike (Pam) Kelso of Kentucky. He was also blessed with many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved stepfather Earl Kelso and brother John Kelso.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Big Bear High School Golf Team, PO Box 1708, Big Bear Lake CA, 92315, or to Citizens on Patrol, PO Box 2803, Big Bear Lake CA, 92315.

A vigil and rosary will be Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. and services will be held Friday, May 4, 2012, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Big Bear Lake, Calif. He will join his daughter, Mary Hoover, in Anchorage, Alaska, for his final resting place.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 4:00 pm 


Submitted by: Peggy Hooper