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JOHN RICHARD HOFF of Des Moines, IA 1909-1970
Posted by: John Scott Hoff (ID *****4640) Date: February 01, 2004 at 11:08:58
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JOHN RICHARD HOFF (Biogtraphical Data Entry): born 6 Feb 1909 in Des Moines {DSM}, IA. He was the son of JOHN CASSIUS HOFF (5 Mar 1875 Dallas Co., IA - 10 Mar 1960 DSM, IA) and MABEL MINA TENNANT (11 Feb 1888 Oscalooska, IA - 16 Mar 1960 DSM, IA). He was married on 1 Sept 1834 in Grace Methodist Church in DSM to VALETTA FLORENCE SCOTT of Hedrick and DSM, IA (24 Jul 1913 Boise, ID to ROBERT ORION SCOTT and EMMA "Emily" LAVERA TERRILL - Now living widowed in DSM). He died 4 Nov 1970 in DSM. He resided from birth - high school at 1335-E.14th St., DSM and attended East Hight School, active in the Boy Scouts of America, school play groups and debating, graduating 1927. Attended Drake Univ. 2 years, a member of SAE Fraternity, transferred to and graduated from Northwestern Univ. in 1932. Worked for the Insurance Co. of America as a Field Agent & Special Agent from 1932 to 1947. Left to operate the Hoff Ins. Agency, which merged into the Hopkins Agency in the late 1960s. He was active in the Kendall Theater and the Des Moines Community Playhouse. He was a Shriner (32nd Degree, Blue Lodge & Consistry), and a member of the Central Presbyterian Church. He had 2 siblings, both sisters: JEANNE BEATRICE HOFF GOODWIN (1911 - 2000), who married WILLIAM JOHN GOODWIN, JR. and DORIS MAE HOFF HOHL (1913-1997), who married GEORGE HOHL, PhD. JOHN R. HOFF & VALETTA SCOTT had one older adopted son, EDWARD A. HOFF (1936 - ~1994) who was a career Sgt. in the Army and is interred in the U.S. Mil. Cem in Rock Island, IL., and 2 natural sons; JOHN SCOTT HOFF (2 Jan 1946 - Now in Chicago), and ROBERT TENNANT HOFF (4 June 1948 DSM, IA - Now in Washington, DC). The family resided at 692-48th St., DSM, IA. JOHN RICHARD HOFF died at age 61 asd is buried in the Des Moines Glendale Cemetery adjacent to his mother and father.


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