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Ellis County Capital
24 Jun 1941

Paul VanHoff, 62-year-old pioneer farmer of this section died at the Shattuck Hospital Saturday, following an operation. Although he was an adopted citizen of this country, he was a loyal American and a highly respected neighbor and friend. Industrious and honorable, a good father and loyal friend his passing is regretted by everyone.

The deceased, Mr. Paul VanHoff, was born July 14, 1879 in Dusseldorf, Germany, departed this life June 14, 1941. Mr. Van Hoff came to this country when only a mere lad, living in New York, Chicago and other eastern cities. He came to Western Oklahoma in the year of 1903, becoming one of the old-timers in this section of the country.

Mr. VanHoff was united in Marriage November 26, 1913, at Arnett, Oklahoma, to Miss Emma Crouch, of Arnett. To this union was born three children, Mrs. Blanche McNamee, of Higgins, Texas; Miss Esther and Harold VanHoff.

The mother Mrs. Emma VanHoff and three children are left to mourn his departure.

Other surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs. Minnie Jouris, of Chicago, and an adopted brother, Harry Sigler of Demotte, Indiana.

He was converted early in life under the Ministry of the world-famed evangelist, Billy Sunday, later uniting with the Methodist church. Some twenty-five years ago he united with the Church of the Nazarene under the ministry of Rev. Putney. He lived a faithful Christian life, and left a glowing testimony of the presence of an abiding savior.

Many are the friends he has left behind to mourn his passing.

Funeral rites were conducted from the Church of the Nazarene at Higgins, Texas, by Rev. R. F. Franklin. Interment was made in the Higgins cemetery.

Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider

Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society


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