Clarence Danhof (1928 - 2011)

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Clarence Danhof went to heaven to be with his Lord on March 22, 2011, after losing his beloved wife just five weeks ago.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1928, to Andrew and Gertrude (Kamps) Danhof.

On Feb. 2, 1949, he married Winnie Kingma in Grangeville, Idaho.

He lived his entire life in the Gallatin Valley, farming and dairying with his father and then on his own.

Clarence was very involved in the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, serving as elder and deacon several times. He loved working on the committee to refurbish the old pipe organ in church. He also enjoyed singing with the Chancel Singers in church.

After retiring, he turned some of his attention to carving ducks and wildlife, bronzes, making furniture, clocks and picture frames. He was a very talented, but humble artist.

Many folks remember him for his sense of humor and animated story-telling. He was the devoted father of Marlene (Steve) Heersink, Linda (Al) Nixon, Mary Ralya, Don Danhof, and Kate (Ron) VanDyke. He loved his 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; his siblings, John (Tressa) Danhof, Teddy (George) Kingma, Ret Blanksma, Evie (Herb) Potts, Andy (Claire) Danhof, Jim (Sharon) Danhof. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Diane (Danhof) Korthuis, Grace Gortsema and Alice Kingma; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Those in heaven before him were his parents; brothers, Bern, Wayne, and James; sisters, Gertrude Ann and Janice; brothers-in-law, Arnold Blanksma, Jake Gortsema, and Herman Kingma; and sister-in-law, Nancy Danhof.

Memorial gifts in Clarence's name may be given to Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, 7950 Churchill Road, Manhattan, MT 59741; to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001; or to the Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest St., Manhattan, MT 59741.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. A graveside service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Friday at Churchill Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.

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Bozeman, MT 59715
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 24, 2011
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