Paul L. Kerkhof, 89, Seymour, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, with his family by his side.
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Mr. Kerkhof graduated from Cortland High School in 1941. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, White Creek. He farmed for many years on his home place. Mr. Kerkhof was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 89, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, Lutheran Layman's League and the Farm Bureau.
Born Sept. 11, 1923, in Jackson County, he was the son of Leonard and Margaret (Hoene) Kerkhof. He married Geneva (Horman) Kerkhof, who preceded him in death on May 31, 1994. He married Joanne (Gilmore) Denecke, who survives.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Joyce (Dennis) Meyer, Rebecca (Doyce) Eckelman and
Kathleen Kerkhof; stepsons, David (Celeste) Denecke, Paul Denecke, Alan Denecke, Arthur (Suzanne) Denecke and John (Suzanne) Denecke; grandchildren, Kimberly (Mark) Ross, Christine (James) Newkirk, Joan (Paul) Otte, Mindy (Jason) Setser, Kyle (Angela) Kerkhof, Eric (Amanda) Kerkhof, Emily (Ryan) Cremeans, Tenille (Clinton) Bullock, Ashley (Mark) Meyer and Travis (Cara) Eckelman; great-grandchildren, Lindsay (Jason) Teague, Amy Ross, Shelby, Jared, Mason and Bailey Newkirk, Evan, Sara and Carly Otte, Ashton, Lydia, Ella and Gunnar Setser, Hannah and Drew Kerkhof, Oliver and Isaac Kerkhof, Henry and Leana Baxter, Mallory, Bailey and Presley Meyer, Reese and Malin Bullock, Kylin Eckelman and Baby Cremeans; stepgrandchildren, David (Shauna) Denecke, Jennifer Bennett, Angela (Nick) Walpe, Zachary Denecke, Sarah Carty, Alexis Denecke, Adam and Andrew Denecke, and Andrew, Joseph, Alison and Jacob Denecke; and great-stepgrandchildren, Chase and Tyler Bennett, Trevor Denecke and Avery Denecke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; son, Joseph Kerkhof; granddaughter, Kendra Jo Kerkhof; brothers, Robert Kerkhof, Leroy Kerkhof and Vern Kerkhof; and sisters, Opal Bobb and Wilma Roberts.
Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, White Creek, with Pastor Joshua Cook officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's White Creek Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Voss Chapel, Seymour, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Lutheran Hour, Fort Wayne Seminary or donor's choice of charity.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home Website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2013