John R. Hooker

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John R. Hooker, 68, of Belle Center, was called home to the Lord at 10:22 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at The Ohio State University, James Cancer Center, Columbus.

John was born Jan. 14, 1949, in Lima, to the late Raymond E. and Iona V. Bielefeld Hooker. On Jan. 17, 1970, he married the former Nita J. Smith who survives in Belle Center.

John was a 1967 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School and attended Northwestern Business College. He proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. John retired in 2008 from Procter & Gamble. He enjoyed model trains, fishing and boating. He especially loved taking friends and family pontooning on Indian Lake. He was an avid fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and The Ohio State Buckeyes. John was a very caring and compassionate person who loved helping others. He attended Alger First United Methodist Church. John was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Sabres Gun Club and the Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533.

Also surviving are a son, John “Andy” (Heather L.) Hooker of Westerville; daughter, Amber J. (Joshua L.) Walters of Lima; beloved grandchildren, Sydney B. Hooker, Skyler B. Hooker, Savanna B. Hooker, Amaris J. Walters and Jaala Walters; brothers, Daniel (Sue) Hooker and Donald (Candace) Hooker, both of Lima; sister, Lynn Griffin of Lima; sisters-in-law, Carol Hooker, Joyce Hooker, Karen Hooker and Judy (Gene) Bailey, all of Lima, Sue (Larry) Dodds of Pleasant Hill and Karen (Jim) Otterman of Lathrop, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Brian (Ann) Smith of Bluffton and David Smith of Creston; and many nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Eddie Hooker, Larry Hooker, James Hooker, Leonard Hooker, Thomas Hooker and David Hooker; sister, Mary Arlene Prater; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Smith.

Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel, 1170 Shawnee Road, Lima, and at Alger First United Methodist Church, 101 Montville St., an hour prior to the 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, funeral service.

Pastor Don Clinger officiates and burial of cremated remains will be at a later date in Preston Cemetery, Alger. The United States Army and VFW Post 1275 provide military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Alger First United Methodist Church in support of commodities and the food bank.

Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.