Robert E. Hoover
82, passed away in the evening of May 16, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his
loving wife of 53 years, Joy; daughter Julie and her husband, Mike Chatham; son Tom and his
wife, Karinda; and four grandchildren, Andy, Matt, Katie Joy, and Sara. He was welcomed to
heaven by his grandson David Chatham.
Bob was born in Los Angeles but moved at an early age to Arcadia. There he was active in
high school sports, particularly football. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as
a Military Policeman. Following his military service, he graduated from Cal State Los Angeles.
He moved to Big Bear and began his teaching career at Big Bear Elementary School in 1956,
where he met his wife, Joy. He spent his life teaching and working here in Big Bear and Carmel
School District but his favorite teaching position was the 16 years he spent at the Glen Martin
one room school in Angeles Oaks. He retired from teaching after 34 years. Bob loved to body
surf in the ocean, fish in any lake and climb the trails of the mountains, especially in his beloved
A family memorial service will be held in June at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
Bob requested that donations be made to the high school football and tennis programs, in support
of his two favorite sports. Please send donations to Bear Backers: Football/Tennis, P.O. Box 7185,Big Bear Lake.