Claud E. Hooker


Born on July 27, 1924


CLAUD E. HOOKER
INDIANOLA - We mourn the loss of another of the greatest generation, those who served in WWII. Claud Erie Hooker passed away peacefully in the night of April 26, 2013. He was born on July 27, 1924 near Cisco Texas the youngest of six children. During the depression his family grew most of their food and grew peanuts as a cash crop. Farming is where he learned his work ethic which was evident in Claud the remainder of his life. He lived on the family farm in Eastland County for his first 17 years. A few days after Pearl Harbor, he lied about his age and enlisted in the navy. Claud served in the Pacific Theater as an engineer on a landing craft and participated in many WWII Pacific battles. After the war he married his sweetheart, Madelyn, and they were married for 60 years until she went home to the Lord in 2009. They had two sons, Claud (Butch) Hooker and Charles (Chuck) Hooker. Madalyn and Claud also took in a young teenager, Don Poe, who they considered an adopted son.
Claud opened Hooker's Automotive in Austin and serviced vehicles for over 45 years. He loved to hunt, fish and write. He won a national poetry award for a poem about a campfire and three old hunters. After Madalyn's death Claud moved to Indianola on the Texas coast. He joined the Hatch Bend Country Club in Port Lavaca, made many friends and won a few tournaments despite being 86 plus years. He spent most of his days golfing and writing a book about his experiences in WWII. The book titled, Away All Boats - Stories of a Young Texas Soldier was recently published. He had a life long love affair with the game of golf. Two weeks ago Claud and his sons played in a tournament where he shot 82 and birdied several holes. He lived a full, active, "can do" life until his last breathe.
Claud is survived by his two sons Claud (Butch) Hooker (wife Caroline) and Charles Hooker (wife Corinne); grandchildren Colby Hooker, Cheryl Hooker Soto and April Hooker Rodriguez; great-grandchildren Miles, Avery, Lily, Nolan, Sadie, and Levi.
IN lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Red Cross.
A memorial later in May is being planned at Hatch Bend Country Club, Port Lavaca.


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