Joseph L. Hovermale, 71

AUG. 18, 1941-DEC. 23, 2012

December 23, 2012
  • Hovermale

Joseph Leon Hovermale, 71, of Clear Spring, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center, with his loving and devoted wife at his side.

Joe was born Aug. 18, 1941, in Big Pool, Md., to the late Dorothy Pauline Kline Hovermale and Charles Russell Hovermale.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. He served a tour in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. 

He was a 1959 graduate of Clear Spring High School. 

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Big Pool, a charter member of the Fort Frederick Ruritan Club and the Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Post 222 of Clear Spring.

Joe was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for 41 1/2 years, retiring in 2006.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Clara “Made” Potter Hovermale of Clear Spring; sisters, Ruby Pyles and husband, Robert, of Myersville, and Mary Ellen Clopper and husband, Michael, of Hagerstown; a brother, Terry R. Hovermale and wife, Sandy, of Hagerstown; four nephews, Rodney Pyles, Jerry Pyles, T.R. Hovermale and Scott Hovermale; and his loving canine companions, Jack, Oreo and Bo.


Services will be Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Robert Stone and the Rev. Dean Metcalfe will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown with military honors by Legion Post 222 of Clear Spring.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends, you may visit the funeral home after noon Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Clear Spring, has been entrusted to serve the family.

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