1927 - 2020
Richard Gail Hoar, age 92, of Stockton, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Redbud Village in Plainville.
He was born on September 1, 1927 to Harold H. and Inda (Merriman) Hoar in Lowell Township, Woodston.
After graduating from Woodston Rural High School in 1945, Gail joined the Navy and served as a cook on the USS Shakle ship at San Diego, California. He returned home to Woodston from the service in 1946 and began working.
On May 9, 1948, he married Ila Belle Dibble at the Methodist Church in Woodston. In 1992, he retired as a rural mail carrier. Gail was a member of the Woodston United Methodist Church.
Gail is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ila Belle Hoar; daughters Diana Luhman and husband Ray of Colby, Brinda Hahn of Osborne, Anita Conger, and Bonita Wagner and husband Tony, all of Stockton; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and sister Arlyne (LeRoy) Hutton of Agra.
He is preceeded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara Nelson, and daughter Valeria Morrissey.
Graveside services were held on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the Woodston Cemetery, Woodston, at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial donations are suggested to Woodston United Methodist Church or Stockton Food Pantry and may be sent in care of the Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N 1st, Stockton, KS 67669. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.plumeroverlease. com
While cleaning out his personal belongings, a poem was found hanging in his office in his handwriting.
“Hold your head up high, Believe you are somebody and belong to something important Because you are and you do. We are a child of God and a member of this Kingdom, There is no higher status in all this life.”
~ Author Unknown