Clyde Hoff - April 30, 2009
Clyde Gilbert Hoff was born July 19, 1924, to Amil Walter and Clara Alzada (Burham) Hoff in Wauneta, Neb. Clyde grew up in Wauneta attending school and working in his father’s grocery store where he learned to serve in the community and to help people which he did all his life.
After graduating from Wauneta High School with the class of 1942, he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Then he was inducted into the United States Army in the summer of 1944. He served in the Asiatic - Pacific Campaign in the Philippine Liberation on the islands of Luzon and Cebu, as a member of the 132nd Infantry Regiment of the famous Americal Division. He also served in the Army of Occupation of Japan in the 513th M.P. Motor Division from September 1945 to the time of his honorable discharge in November 1946. He had reached the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded a bronze star for service in the Philippines.
After his military service Clyde joined his father and his brother in farming and ranching north and south of Wauneta. Later the partnership separated and he farmed and ranched for himself until retiring in 2000.
On June 15, 1948, Clyde married Lois Joan Hayes in the Wauneta Methodist Church and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2008. They made their home in Wauneta for almost three years before moving north of town where they lived for 58 years. To this union three children, Christopher Gene (Chris), Ginger Lisa and Stuart David, were born. The family mourned the loss of Ginger in a tragic accident in 1961.
Since Clyde was a believer in community service, he served 33 years on the Wauneta Coop Oil Board of Directors - 15 of them as chairman; 13 years on the Wauneta School Board and was a charter member of the former Wauneta Jaycees and their second president. He was also a member of the American Legion, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star Chapter of Wauneta and later of Imperial, as well as a member of the Eagles of Imperial and was a life member of the Elks Lodge of McCook.
Clyde was a leader for the Cub Scouts in Wauneta for four years and served three years on the Tri-Trails District Council for Boy Scouts. He was also chairman for the Wauneta Methodist Church board for four years and a member of the church for over 50 years.
In 2000 Clyde retired from farming and ranching, but continued his favorite pastimes of golfing, travelling and playing cards until his health forced him to quit.
Clyde passed away Sunday evening, April 19, 2009, at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home. He was 84 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Ginger Lisa; his parents; his brother, Homer, and Homer’s wife Emma; his sister, Evelyn Acton and brother-in-law Larry Hayes of Modesto, Calif., and sister-in-law Charlotte Hayes.
Survivors include: wife Lois of Wauneta; sons Chris and Tracy Paine of Bozeman, Mont., and Stuart and wife Karla of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren Sidney Marie and Thomas of Lincoln, Neb.; brother-in-law Ronald Acton of Wauneta and brother-in-law David J. Hayes of El Segundo, Calif.
Funeral services for Clyde were held Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Wauneta, with Pastor Judy Dye officiating. Organist was Mrs. Myra Large and soloist and guitarist was Mr. Kim Silvester.
Casketbearers were Kenneth Smith, Randy Acton, Dustin Acton, Harold Anderson, Ted Anderson and Brian Harchelroad.
Honorary casketbearers were Lowell Grimm, Ron Acton, Jack Maddux, Bob Kitt, Dwight Hoff, Paul Kitt, Wesley Wheeler, Kent Kitt and Bob Walgren.
Masonic rites were performed by Purity Lodge #198 A.F. & A.M. and Eastern Star #279, Imperial, Neb., with military rites by American Legion Post #304, Wauneta.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, with Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta in charge of arrangements.