Judge Harold E. DeHoff
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of Canton passed away July 21 at the age of 88. Harold was born in Canton to Howard and Rachel Davis DeHoff on Nov. 24, 1924. A 1942 graduate of McKinley High School, he belonged to the McKinley High School Alumni Association, and had two seats at all the Bulldog home football games. He married his wife, Betty Hossler, on June 8, 1946. After finishing high school, he enlisted in the Army (78th Infantry M Co. 310th), where he fought in the European theater of World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. He received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and several more medals. He loved his country and was proud to be a veteran, and always attended our Memorial Day parades. To continue to serve his community after the War, he attended Kent State and studied law at Ohio Northern, passing the Bar in 1950. After graduation, he worked in the law firm McCall, Benson and DeHoff. Harold served as Police Prosecutor for five years and City Solicitor for another ten years under Mayors Lawhun, Babcock and Cmich. He was elected to the bench in 1970 in the Canton Municipal Court and later to the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. He was an honorary life member of the Ohio State Bar Association. Harold was an active member of the Canton community. He was a local and state officer and JCI Senator of the Jaycee's of Canton and helped to create Canton's Mother Gooseland. He was a life member of the Elks, the American Legion, the Moose Lodge, the VFW, and a commander of the DAV. He received his 65 year pin as a member of McKinley Lodge #431 F&AM. He was also a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Canton. Harold was a member of the Wilderness Center, the Eagles, and the McKinley Museum. He was inducted into the J. Babe Stearn Police Boys Club Hall of Fame. He was a Canton newsboy at 15 and went on to be a charter member of the Board of Trustees of the Ex-Newsboy's Association. He was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty, of 66 years, and his parents, Howard and Rachel, and his brothers, Howard and William DeHoff. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Betty Gaye and Mark J. Skakun of Canton; three grandsons, John M. Skakun of Chicago, Jeffrey H. Skakun of Canton, and James B. Skakun of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Kathy Hossler; nieces and nephews, Rachel and Ken Martin of New Bern, N.C., Rebecca and Mark Canoyer of Fairfax, Va., Jon Hossler of Canton, Michael and Amy Hossler of Canton, JoAnn and Robert Brewster of Canton, Dale W. and Sara Hossler of Canton; and three grand-nephews and three grand-nieces.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26th. in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2705 6th St. SW, with Rev. Edward M. Fashbaugh, II officiating. Entombment will be in North Lawn Mausoleum. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 25th. in the Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home, 710 Tuscarawas St. W., and one hour prior to the service in church on Friday. A Masonic service will be Thursday at 4:45 p.m. You may sign our guest book at:
Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home
710 Tuscarawas St. W. Canton, OH 44702
Published in The Repository from July 22 to July 23, 2013