John S. Hoover 83 of Beecher City, IL, passed away at 7:02 AM Tuesday Jan. 11, 2011 in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

John was born June 7, 1927 in Shafter Township, Fayette County, IL the son of James Byron and Rena L. Blankenship Hoover.

John was formerly a foreman at Fedder`s Corporation in Effingham and formerly served in the United States Army.He was affiliated with the Beecher City United Methodist Church.He was a member of VFW Post # 7676 of Altamont, IL and American Legion Posts #95 of Vandalia, IL

He married Joan Hudson on Oct. 25, 1991 and she survives. Also surviving are daughters: Kathi Laurence of Coldwater, MI; Debbie (Jim) Troxell of Brownstown, IL and Tina (Chris) Jahn of Centralia, IL; step-daughters: Leslie Wood of Thayer, IL and Lisa Kopf of Beecher City, IL; step-son Mark Wood of Beecher City, IL; sister Wanda Walton of Vandalia, IL; ten grandchildren; three step grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three step great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

He was preceded in death by a son Gary, his parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday Jan. 15, 2011 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City.Rev. Paul Bauer will officiate.Visitation will be from 9:00AM until time of the service on Saturday in the funeral home.Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden, IL.Military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard. Memorials can be made to the Beecher City United Methodist Church.Condolences: