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Charles Leroy Hoover

10/31/1948 - 03/28/2024
Service Date: 04/12/2024
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1266 S 32nd St, Mesa, AZ 85204
Visitation Date: 04/11/2024
Visitation Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1266 S 32nd St, Mesa, AZ 85204
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Charles “Charlie” Leroy Hoover, age 75, of Mesa passed away Thursday, March 28th, 2024 at his home.

Charlie was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina on October 31, 1948 to the late Woodrow Wilson Hoover and Edna Eunice Hoover. He graduated from Orangeburg High School in 1968.

After moving to Arizona in 1969, he married Carol Stratman in 1971 until her untimely death in 1972. He married Deanne Whiting in 1974, his wife of 49 years.

Charlie spent 42 years in the grocery industry while simultaneously working for the Arizona Republic Newspaper for 25 years until his retirement in 2011.

Charlie was a jack of all trades and loved to grow and tend to a garden in his backyard every year. He was genuine, a hard worker, and often helped anyone in need. A kid at heart, he loved to play jokes, tell tall tales, and whether it was frontwards or backwards, he enjoyed riding his bicycle. You could often find him taking drives in his truck or relaxing in a chair listening to music. More than anything, he loved his family, always putting their needs first. Charlie is loved by so many and will be missed.

Charlie is survived by his wife Deanne Hoover of Mesa; children, Shelley Valdivieso (Marc), Jeremy Hoover, Zachary Hoover (Tia), Woodrow Hoover (Clint), Charles Hoover, and Katy Flaherty (John). Siblings: Michael Hoover, Mary Peters (Walt), Carol Thomas (Charlie) and 8 grandchildren. Charlie is preceded by his parents, first wife Carol Hoover, siblings John Hoover and Rebecca “Becky” Bradham.


The family will welcome guests for a celebration of life for Charlie Hoover on Thursday, April 11th, 2024 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, and funeral on Friday, April 12th, 2024 at 10:00am, both held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 1266 S 32nd St, Mesa, AZ, 85204.

In lieu of Flowers, please donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Fund: Humanitarian Relief | Philanthropies (churchofjesuschrist.org)





Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • My sincere condolences to the family. He was so good to my family and will be missed

  • Ava Blackman Holdford

    My thoughts of Charlie are so sweet. He taught a lot of us kids to drive a stick shift in his Chevy, he was my first real crush (Charlie never knew it), and a car full of teenagers in his car, listening to 8-track and heading from Orangeburg to my cousin’s house in Lugoff, SC. He was truly a gentle man and a gentleman. Condolences to his family.

  • So sorry to hear . You are in my prayers

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that the many wonderful memories bring you comfort at this time. Charlie sounds like a wonderful man.

  • Gary & Sheryth Schad

    Charlie is definitly one in a million and will live in our hearts forever. We love the Hoover’s and cherish all our memories. Especially the time on assignment at the Church Farm when he said “do you notice anything”. Deanne then says “he eats a full meal then drinks a slim fast and thinks he’s losing weight’. That’s Charlie, such a fun loving man that will never be forgotten.
    We love you!

  • Diane Earlywine

    I remember Charlie was so quiet but also so very kind and friendly. So sorry Hoover family. Sending you love and prayers ❤️🙏

  • Rosalyn (Ellsworth) Francis

    Sending love to Cookie Grandpa and his whole family. I love you all and treasure our time together ❤️❤️❤️

  • Phyllis[ Higgs

    Deanne, I am sad to hear about Charlie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Amy Brown Hickman

    Oh I am sad to hear of the passing of this good man ! He was quiet and laid back man! He will be missed – sending my love to Deanne and family!

  • Larry & Sherry Huffaker

    We are so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing! Our whole family loved Charlie! He was always so kind and always had a big smile on his face! I don’t remember him ever looking sad! Travis loved to go on the paper route with him and the boys. He would share with me how fun Charlie was! He will be missed! You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Love you💕

  • Deanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • As a kid growing up in the neighborhood I’d come by and find Charlie either cooking up Bacon, tending the garden or sitting outside and soaking up the rays. He always had a smile on his face. He will be deeply missed by many! I thoughts are with the Hoover family

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