Norman Robert Hoard was born on April 6, 1934 to the late Russell Smith and Geneva Hoard in Loveland, Ohio. He was raised by his loving grandparents, the late Reverend Leslie and Addie Hoard, in Hazelwood, Ohio.
He gave his life to the Lord at an early age and was baptized in the creek behind First Baptist Church of Hazel- wood in Blue Ash, Ohio.
Norman was joined in holy matrimony to his loving wife of 66 years, Greta Mae Hoard on November 22, 1952. Greta was truly the love of his life. He often showered her with candy, flowers and cards, professing his great love for her. Even in his last days, is concern was always for her care.
To this holy union was born six children: Norman Robert Howard, Jr., Mitchell Dwan Hoard, Kimberly Marie Hoard, Jerelyn Hoard, Kevin Strobridge Hoard and Todd Anthony Hoard.
Norman was drafted into the United States Army as a new father and husband and told many stories about serving in England during the 1950’s. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal during his years of service.
Norman retired from General Electric after many years as a Supply Handler. He supplied and delivered jet engine parts to all sections of the General Electric Evendale plant, as well as serving as a Union Steward.
Norman was a country man that enjoyed hunting and fishing. These were skills that were taught to him as a young boy by his uncles and later passed on to his children. The first day of hunting season was a celebration among his sons and many friends. Fond memories of daybreak with the smell of coffee, pickup trucks lined up and down the street, visions of camo and orange hats and the sound of hound dogs howling and good friends laughing and telling tall-tales in the back-Norman enjoyed spending time with his children and grand- children. He would often come home from work and challenge his children and grandchildren and their friends to foot races down the street. He always won, even while wearing street shoes. He was loved and respected by all the kids in the neighborhood because he always took time with them.
In his later years when hunting, fishing and racing were no longer an option, he would tend to his yard and flowers, feed the birds and play with his dog Duke.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Greta; his six children; a loving brother, Gregory Tolber; sister, Judy Robinson; and a host of grandchildren, great-grand- children, nieces and nephews.
Norman Robert Hoard was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 6, 2019 and will be greatly missed.
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