Clifford M. Hoverman

    Clifford M. Hoverman, 89, of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at his residence.
    He was born on January 16, 1923, in Van Wert County, Ohio, to the late Charles F. and Oval N. (Dull) Hoverman.
    Clifford married Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Imler) on July 26, 1944.
    He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church where he served the Lord with all his heart. He was active in various leadership roles, but most notably the building committee. He was also a member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and was past president of the Decatur Rotary Club.
    Clifford served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He worked as a salesman for 30 years and a merchandise manager for 20 years at Schafer Company.
    He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hoverman of Decatur; a daughter, Carol (Dave) Hammond of Hoagland; a son, Ken L. (Kathy) Hoverman of Tampa, Fla.; four grandsons, Dr. Mike (Jen) Hammond of Lakeland, Fla.; Pastor Mark (Tonya) Hammond of Fort Wayne; and Matthew and Ryan Hoverman of Tampa,Fla.; eight great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jack, Bekah, Natalie, Anne and Evie Hammond of Lakeland, Fla.; and Christian and Mia Hammond of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Marilyn Miller of Wren, OH
    He was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Carl, Olen, and Howard Hoverman; and four sisters, Elva Lautzenheiser, Aileen Hileman, Kathryn Lautzenheiser, and Marjorie Oechsle.
    Visitation will be from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, with calling one hour prior to service. Officiating will be The Reverend Michael Heinbaugh and Pastor Mark Hammond.
    Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post No. 43 Color Guard.
    Gifts in honor of Cliff’s ministry are to establish a Legacy Fund for the long term care of St. Mark’s UMC.
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