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Ryan Elliott Hoover



Ryan Elliott Hoover, age 78, died on February 16th after several short and unexpected illnesses.  He was born in Columbus, Ohio on June 1, 1942 to James E. and Mary Jane (Elliott) Hoover. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gregg Hoover, in December. Ryan is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rosalie Medert-Hoover, his brother Douglas and wife Dianne Hoover, sister-in-law Linda Hoover, nieces Emily Sommer, Shauna Davis, Anna Baltes and Jennifer Hoover; nephews Elliott Hoover and Scott Sommer, and several grand- nieces and nephews.

He attended Worthington High School, OSU, and earned a masters’ degree in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Ryan was a life long railfan and a consummate model railroader, super detailing his trains with all the proper details, right down to the rivets.

He worked for Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, CA, and in retirement was a board member of the Worthington Historical Society and president of the Worthington International Friendship Association. He made many friends in Sayama, Japan, Worthington’s sister city

He was cremated and a small celebration of his life will be held in warmer weather.  Ryan was not a fan of snow, but his train left the station during one of Ohio’s biggest snow storm.  He would be glad he missed it. Contributions may be made to the Worthington Historical Society, 50 West New England Avenue, Worthington OH 43085 in his memory.

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  • Atsushi Kasuya says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the saddest news about Mr. Ryan Hoover, our beloved friend has been passed away. I’m expressing my deepest condolences to his wife and family on behalf of Sayama International Friendship Association. You’ll live in our hearts forever.

    Your friend, Atsushi Adam Kasuya
    President of SIFA

  • Rick and Patty Bradley says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences – your family is in our prayers.

  • Cindy Waters says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. With deepest sympathy for your loss, Jean Lindley and Art and Cindy Waters

  • Kay Labosky says:

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on Ryan’s passing. Ryan was a friend of Worthington Interfaith Neighbors, attending many of our Sharing Our Stories programs, including presenting a program on Japan and Shintoism following his visit to Sayama, Japan. He also served on the planning committee and as a volunteer for the International Interfaith Potluck Picnic held across from his home in Selby Park. Ryan faithfully shared the book he co-authored on Islam so that people could learn about and understand our Muslim neighbors.
    Rest In Peace, Ryan. You will be missed.

    Kay Labosky
    President, Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN)

  • Linda Karr says:

    My thoughts just go to what a kind man Ryan was! Always wanting to be helpful and adding a hand where ever he could! We so appreciated his support of Worthington Interfaith Neighbors and all the ongoing help through our six years of existence! Ryan definitely leaves his imprint upon all those that knew him! God bless his family, friends and all those sharing in the grief of his loss! Sincerely, Linda Karr, Co-Founder, Vice President, Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN), and Friend

  • Cliff Clements says:

    My condolences go to Rosalie and Ryan’s entire family. I knew Ryan when he and I were both teenagers living in Worthington. We both volunteered at the Ohio Railway Museum when it was a vibrant organization and went on railfan trips together. Again, my condolences to his family and friends.

  • Sharon Izzi says:

    Extending my most sincere sympathy to Ryan’s wife and family! I remember him attending WIN events. We held similar interests. May he rest in peace!
    Sharon Izzi
    WIN leadership team.

  • Bill and Marybeth McDonald says:

    Our condolences to Rosalie and the rest of Ryan’s family. We knew Ryan through his activities with the Worthington International Friendship Association. He was easy to work with, always very kind and patient, very knowledgeable about Japanese and our sister city Sayama, Japan, and always willing to share his knowledge. We are sorry that he will no longer be with us.

  • Christina Clark says:

    In Ryan’s memory, share a haiku written by Buson.

    Since It Must Be So…

    You must remain, I must depart.
    Two Autumns falling in the heart.

  • Frank Kuesel says:

    How lucky I am to have called Ryan Hoover a friend for 65 years! To have had so many life experiences alongside someone so interesting and fun to be with. To have had countless conversations with someone of his brilliant, far-ranging intellect (far superior to my own). To have shared many of the same understandings of the world and our place in it, values, likes & dislikes, passions, and dreams. To have been the recipient of so much generosity of spirit, kindness, and tolerance of my faults and idiosyncrasies. He has occupied a large place in my heart for a very long time and will continue to do so for as long as I live. Rosalie, Doug, Dianne, Linda, Suzanne, and John, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and brother. I miss him more than I can say. I share in your grief. Bill does as well. And, my friends, more than a little of what I said about Ry is also true of Gregg. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that they are both gone, and within weeks of each other. Doug, both of your brothers. . .there are no words. I am so very sorry.

  • Ellen Davis Chrise says:

    Sending love to the entire Hoover family.

  • Beth Cullinan says:

    I have such very fond memories of traveling to Japan a few years back with Ryan. What a sweet gentleman, and so full of love for Japan and our Sayama friends. He was a delightful travel leader, and I so enjoyed seeing him light up as he spoke of his many cultural experiences. Ryan was such a dear soul. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will forever be grateful for his leadership ofthe Worthington -Sayama family, as well as the opportunity to travel to such a wonderful country. I’ll treasure that trip for the rest of my life, thanks to Ryan. ❤️

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