Paul L. Hoff, 93, of Moline, IL, died Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 29th, at 11:00 a.m., at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline.
Inurnment will be in Hampton Cemetery in Hampton, IL. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, the Boy Scouts of America, or to the donor’s choice. Paul Lester Hoff was born in New Windsor, IL, on July 22, 1922, to Charles and Melissa (Congleton) Hoff. On July 18, 1945, in Canton, MO, he married Annell Bernice Ellis, who preceded him in death February 22, 2009. Paul graduated from the former East Moline High School, and from Culver-Stockton College in Canton.
He received his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during WWII. Paul was a teacher and coach at Fairview Community High School in Fairview, IL, for two years before coming to Coolidge Junior High School in 1948, to teach and coach 10th grade football and basketball. He was assistant principal for five years, becoming principal in 1961.
He retired in 1981 after 33 years. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Moline, and held many different offices there. He was a member of the Moline Kiwanis Club since 1955, a member of American Legion Post #246 of Moline, a member of the Blackhawk Retired Teachers Association, and the Illinois State Retired Teachers Association. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award during his years as a Boy Scout Leader. He enjoyed working in his yard and gardening, and loved being with his family. Survivors include a son, Curtis (Tawnya) Hoff of East Moline; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Elva Dailey, and three brothers, Chuck, Clyde, and Larry Hoff.