Kraft Funeral Service & Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park

2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN


Kenneth "Butch" R. Hoover

December 14, 1947June 22, 2020

Kenneth R. “Butch” Hoover, 72, died Monday June 22, 2020 at Baptist Health Floyd. Kenneth was born December 14, 1947 in Jeffersonville, Indiana to the late Elmer and Alice (Speier) Hoover and was retired after 27 years with General Electric Company in Louisville, Kentucky. “Butch” was a member of the N.R.A., Music Box Society International, the Indiana Speleological Survey and Squire Boone Caverns and Airman 1st, Class veteran of the U.S.A.F. Butch will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends. He is survived by a sister, Shirley Manring; four nieces, Kendra Sikes (Mike), Kea Manring (Shane), Kamala Manring, Kimberly Manring, and one nephew Kevin Manring (Brenda). Also a Special thanks to his caregivers; Shanda and Eddie Henry. Services and care are entrusted to Kraft Funeral Service 2776 Charlestown Road New Albany, IN 47150. Private service and burial will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Squire Boone Caverns or the charity of one’s choice. Friends and family are invited to leave memories and condolences on our website at www.kraftfs.com.


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Kenneth "Butch" R. Hoover

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Donald Hoffman

June 26, 2020

Ken and I go back to the 8th grade together. We actually met in the confirmation classes at church we attended. However, Ken's father changed churches and we lost Kenny for awhile. In 9th grade we picked up again because of his electronics and my desire to learn electronics. We bummed around a lot and almost went to a drive-in theater every Friday in his 1953 Plymouth. We must have watched every horror movie they made. Ken and I went through the electronics classes at school for three years. And we both joined the Air Force the same day. We had some trouble getting him in, since his mother didn't want to sign for him to go. He was only 17 at the time. But we did go together in a buddy flight that turned out not to be a buddy flight. Kenny was put in a flight with a TI that was just plain mean, and I was put in a flight with TI's that were really nice. We saw each other sometimes on breaks. He got electronics and I got into a field that was not much electronics. I stayed the full 20 years and he got out after 4 years. We spent some time together when I would come home on leave. However, after retiring, I never did come back home. But we never forgot each other and the times we run around together.

Terry Crayden

June 25, 2020

Kenny (The Bear ) Was my best friend all through high school and life. so many memories and good times of fishing together and lots of caving trips. He got his nick name the bear cause he loved the wet and muddy cave trips we did. Our cave buddies will sure miss him. He will always be in our thoughts....
Terry Crayden