MIDLAND, MI, USA U.S. Army SPC, COMPANY D, 82D BRIGADE SUPPORT BATTALION, 3 BCT, FORT BRAGG, NC ZAGANIYAH, IRAQ 04/07/2007
A soldier who was engaged to be married and hoped to become a police officer has been killed in Iraq, his family says. Army Private First Class Levi K. Hoover, 23, died April 7. He served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.
“He was a good person,” Hoover’s mother, Belinda Brewster, told the Midland Daily News for a story published April 10. “We were proud of him.”
Brewster said she talked with Hoover two days before his death, and he described a deadly roadside bomb explosion.
“I think he was worried,” Brewster said. “It was a dangerous place to be.”
Hoover graduated from H.H. Dow High School in 2002 and earned a criminal justice degree from Delta College before heading to Alaska to work as a ranger’s assistant.He enlisted in the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Iraq the next year. He became engaged last Christmas Day to a woman he had met in Alaska.
In high school, Hoover wrestled and was a member of the steering committee, which set policy for the school, Brewster said. While in high school, Levi K. Hoover would tell his wrestling coach that he dreamed of traveling to Alaska and having a career in law enforcement. When he finally made it to Alaska, he gave his old coach a call, he said. The kid loved to go fishing and had a passion for the outdoors, said Adam San Miguel. When he made his way to Alaska, he had reached one of his dreams.
“He was one of those quiet leaders. He led by example,” Doug Bradford, Hoover’s school counselor, told The Saginaw News.
Principal Janice Goodall described Hoover as “personable and polite.”
He was really friendly, good-natured and interested in a lot of different things, said Emily Bolander, administrative assistant at the Meijer store where Hoover worked.
Hoover is survived by his father and step-mother, Ken and Sandy Hoover; and his mother and his step-father, Belinda and Jack Brewster.