Harold L. Hoff, 92, of Tunkhannock passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 72 years the former Virginia R. Steever.
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Born on Jan. 6, 1921, Hal was the son of the late John and Laura G. Travis Hoff.
He was a graduate of Upper Moreland High School, where he was drum major and an excellent baseball player.
Hal was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corp as an Anti Aircraft Artillery Mechanic in the Pacific Theater, including Guam. Hal proudly served his country from 1943 to 1946. He was recognized as one the oldest U.S. Marine Corps veterans of World War II in Wyoming County.
Hal and his wife Virginia owned and operated The Stony Mountain Campground, in Tunkhannock for 20 years.
Upon retirement they moved to Cochise County, Ariz. While there, Hal became a wrangler at Grapevine Canyon Ranch. He and his wife enjoyed 13 wonderful years in Arizona before returning to Tunkhannock.
One of Hal's most memorable experiences was in 1976, when he participated with the Bicentennial Wagon Train, which traveled across the country to Valley Forge, Hal joined the trek in Tunkhannock as an outrider to the Clifford and Pauline Sands covered wagon.
Hal was also a proud member of the Tunkhannock Masonic Lodge, as well as the Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock.
In addition to his wife, Hal is survived by his two sons: David and his wife Brigitte of Tunkhannock, and Philip and his wife Janice, of Tunkhannock also of Tunkhannock; a brother Russell of Warrington; three grandsons; one granddaughter; three great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
Hal was preceded in death by his brother William.
As was Hal's wish, there will be no funeral services. A memorial contribution in Hal's name can be made to the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 419. Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Arrangements entrusted to the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, Tunkhannock. To send an online condolence please visit www.aplitwinfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from Mar. 6 to Mar. 12, 2013
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