Walter Hoff

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November 24, 1931 - January 3, 2019
Born in St. Paul, MO
Resided in St. Paul, MO

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Walter Simon Hoff took his trip home to be with the Lord on Friday Jan. 4th at the age of 87. He left surrounded by Norma Jean, his loving wife of 62 years, and his 7 sons and families. The youngest son of four born to John & Anna Hoff (Sommer), Walter entered this world on Nov. 24, 1931. He began his life raised on their family farm in St. Paul MO with his brothers Henry, Joe, & Albert. Walter graduated Assumption High School before serving his country as a military officer in the Army. Shortly after completion of his military service came what Walter touted as the highlight of his life- winning Norma Jean Mueller's hand in marriage.

Their marriage & family began & endured for 62 great years. They lived just a short distance down the road in St. Paul from where Walter grew up as a child. Walter supported his family by joining his brother Joseph in business in the operation of their grain elevator, Annada Elevator. They served the farming community surrounding the town of Annada and cherished the friendships & relationships built over the years.

Walter is preceded in death by brothers Henry, Joseph, & Albert &his grandson Bradley. He is survived by wife Norma (Mueller) and his “7 BOYS” & their wives- Henry & Karen, Denny & Mary, Mike & Beth, Steve & Debbie, Randy & Kelly, Ron & Christa, and Bryan & Kelly. He is also survived by his adoring (23) grandchildren & (21) great grandchildren.

As a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Walter enjoyed many activities in the community. He was member of the St. Paul Knights of Columbus, & loved to play horseshoes, Euchre, & many sports. There was nothing he liked better than to watch a sporting event with his boys and “cheering” for a victory (in his own “unique” way!). He won (2) Euchre Tourney Championships while past the age of 80 & played as hard as he worked to the very end. Other things he enjoyed include: a good steak, scaring someone with a mischievous laugh, & finding humor each and every day.

Walter Hoff will be remembered by a lot of things, but nothing more prominent than his love. He showed this early on with his care & adoration for his mother Anna. However, nothing can compare to the love & affection he showered on his wife Norma. He lived his life to love his wife & displayed it proudly. That love filtered down to his children, his grandchildren, & everyone in his family. His family was what defined Walter and what he valued above all else. It was through his family that his deep love of Christ and religious faith became engrained into its core.

Walter’s physical presence will be deeply missed as a husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, & friend. However, his legacy of love- for his wife, his family, his faith, & for laughter will continue forever. Walter Hoff’s 87 years on earth will be an eternal example for his family & friends of what it means to win in the game of “Life”. Plain and simple- Walter was deeply loved & will be sorely missed.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Bill and Mary Hembrock January 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Please accept our sympathy in the loss of Walter. He was a grrest guy. He will be missed.

  2. Suz Shilharvey January 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Never a kinder man. Rip Mr. Hoff. Your St. Paul family will miss you. It was an honor to know you. Suz Shilharvey

  3. Mark Hatcher January 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Very sorry for your loss..
    What a great life!!

  4. Thomas Wehmeyer January 4, 2019 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    My family condolences to the entire Hoff Family.

  5. Kris Westhoff January 4, 2019 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    candle 2What an absolute wonderful tribute that has been written for Walter. I have many wonderful memories of him that will always be with me. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am certain he was greeted in heaven the same way he would always greet me when I saw him. “Come on in, sit down and stay a while”. 🙂

  6. Bonnie & Dennis Loeffler January 4, 2019 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Keeping the Hoff family in our prayers. Will always remember Mr. Hoff for his smile.

  7. Darlene Parr January 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your lost ,Norma. My prayers are with you

  8. Jess & Terri Bauer & Family January 4, 2019 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    candle 8Walter was a wonderful man! Always a big smile on his face whenever you would say hi to him! Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Norma and the entire Hoff Family! ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  9. Daniel & Judy Simon January 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Norma & family, so sorry for your loss. Walter was just a down to earth man that anyone could talk to. I played many a horseshoe game against Walter. He was a great competitor and just fun to be around.
    May he rest in peace.

  10. Julie Hinkebein January 4, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful legacy! So glad to have known him and his wonderful family.

  11. Rhonda & Jim Chapman January 4, 2019 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    We loved seeing his smiling face at church and all around St. Paul. Rest in Peace…. and God’s strength and grace to his entire family… and his St. Paul family.

  12. Terry and Gen January 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your family’s loss! Attended MIZZOU game with Walter. He was a class act!

  13. Sandra Boland January 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of Walter.
    Tom an Sandy Boland

  14. Bohannan family January 4, 2019 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Just the most loving words I have ever read. We are so very sorry and Walter will live in our hearts forever , he is in heaven playing cards again with his brothers , and mother and many others. We love you all .

  15. The Konneman Family January 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Walter will be missed by us all, we are so sorry for your loss.

  16. Kanesha January 4, 2019 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    candle 1Walter I Thank God That Your Family Allwoed Nurses & Company To Care For You And That I Was Able To Care For You On A Regular Because I Grew A Close Bond With You & Mom So I It Was More Than Just A Job To Care For You It Was Pleasure & I’ll Never Forget How You Made Sure You Told Mom Everyday “I Love You Mom” followed by a pat on her bottom 😂

    -Sincerely Nurse Kanesha Battle

  17. Tim and Barb Schwane January 5, 2019 at 7:47 am - Reply

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. The tribute you wrote to remember your dad was absolutely awesome. May his love of life and fond memories help heal your heart.

  18. Laura and Bruce Bach January 5, 2019 at 8:24 am - Reply

    candle 8My deepest sympathy to all of the Hoff family. Walter will be so missed by all. I pray that Norma will be comforted by her wonderful memories of such a loving man. I was blessed to have met him when my daughter Kelly became part of the Hoff family. May God bring peace to all of the family. 🙏🙏

  19. Danyaile and Benjamin Bray January 5, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Mr Hoff will be forever loved. He was a great pillar in the St Paul community and will be missed dearly. We are sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are there for his family.

  20. Raelisa Mayor January 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I was sorry to hear about Walter!
    He will be missed
    You are in my prayers

  21. Kathryn Ploch January 5, 2019 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Walter, Norma and boys, not my actual aunt, uncle and cousins—but next to the same while growing up. May Walter shine his light upon you all and hold the good times at family gatherings and the Annada Elevator in your hearts forever.

    Much love,
    Kathryn (Illy) Ploch

  22. Denny and Janet Haislip January 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Norma and Family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    I know you all have many fond memories of Walter to help pull you through this.

  23. Kevin & Vicky Menne January 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Norma, please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you all.
    Please rest assured that Walter is happy and in good hands up above. We haven’t stayed very close as time moved on but, I always treasured the times growing up when you and Walter would get together with my mom and dad to play cards. You all would be upstairs and all of us boys (up to as many as 14 boys at times) would be downstairs playing games and getting in trouble. Although, I’m not sure who was louder, all of us boys together or Walter when he would “trump” somebodies hand at cards….(LOL).
    We love you and our hearts go out to you.

  24. Terri and John Schneider January 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful tribute, prayers for all your family.

  25. Sandy Reesor January 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Prayers and hugs to the entire family!
    Walter was a sweetheart, and will be greatly missed!

  26. Ervin Shields January 6, 2019 at 7:39 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I remember him as always smiling. Now he can have a card game with your dad and mine. Prayers. Ervin and Gerri (Dove) Shields

  27. Jo Ann Marr January 6, 2019 at 8:34 am - Reply

    What a lovely tribute to Walter. My deepest sympathy to Norma and the whole family. I know he will be missed by all.
    Praying for all during this difficult time.

  28. Elaine Brown January 6, 2019 at 10:21 am - Reply

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Will be keeping all of the family in our prayers. Jerry and Elaine Brown

  29. The Kroeger Family January 6, 2019 at 10:32 am - Reply

    We know he will be missed.
    Sorry for your loss.

  30. The DeBlaze Family January 6, 2019 at 11:08 am - Reply

    May God Bless Walter Hoff and the entire Hoff Family. Our prayers are with you.

  31. The DeBlaze Family January 6, 2019 at 11:10 am - Reply

    May God Bless Walter Hoff and the entire Hoff Family. Our prayers are with you

  32. Karen Phillips January 6, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute! Our deepest condolences. Our prayers are with you.
    The Phillips Family

  33. Bob Besselman January 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    The “tribute” to Walter brought tears to my eyes.. Our prayers will be with the entire Hoff family. Today is the 51st anniversary of my Dad’s death.. Believe me, you never forget your loved ones…and I am sure Mr. Walter Hoff was VERY LOVED. We feel very Blessed to have known Walter, and while he watches over us through that door in the floor of Heaven , we hope that he will keep us in his “Prayers” Jean and Bob Besselman

  34. Luensmann January 6, 2019 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    What an amazing man. I had a chance to meet him at my sister in law Kelly’s wedding to Bryan. Such a sweet man. Fantastic family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Kerri, Allen and Malorie Luensmann.

  35. Shauna Conover January 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    candle 8Norma, I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t get to see him as much when my position at the bank changed and I missed seeing you both. I will always remember his kind and happy spirit. Sending prayers of comfort, peace and strength to you and your family. God Bless you all.

  36. Carol Oppeau DuBois January 6, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss ~
    What a legacy he started! Beautifully written tribute ~ Prayers for your family

  37. Missy (Molitor) Wilmes January 6, 2019 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    We are so sad at Abbey Senior Health (Mount Carmel O’Fallon). We all loved him and Norma too.

  38. Terrie Fischer January 7, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    candle 8Huge hugs to all the family – Walter was a very sweet man – I am sorry to learn of his passing

  39. Gina Jackson January 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    candle 7My deepest sympathy to the entire Hoff family.

  40. Larry & Ruth Ann Thompson January 7, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Prayers for family and beautiful memories forever.

  41. Lisa and Jim Highfill January 8, 2019 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    candle 5Norma and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Hoff’s passing. He always had a smile for everyone, prayers of comfort for the entire Hoff family.

  42. Kevin and Laura Mueller January 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolence to the Hoff family. Walter was such a kind and wonderful man. He will be truly missed. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  43. Karen Cope January 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    candle 7I’m so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest from Mike, Jon, and I. I’m sorry we weren’t there for your bereavement. Our prayers are with you.🙏

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