St. Joseph Ellinwood, KS and Immaculate Conceptoin Claflin, KS

Remembering Herbert Hoff

Herbert A. Hoff, passed away on December 24, 2018, at Clara Barton Hospital. He was born January 16, 1937, in Hays, Kansas, the son of Herbert W. and Rose Marie (Leiker) Hoff. Herbert was a 1956 graduate of Claflin High School.

A resident of Claflin since 1953, he was a bulk tank agent for Standard Oil for over 40 years. He was also a bus driver for USD 112 for 15 years.

Herbert was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was active in his community, serving on the city council, as a volunteer fire fighter, and an auxiliary deputy. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

On August 17, 1967, he married Rhoda Marie Selness in Claflin, Kansas. She passed away on August 3, 1969. He then married Mary Richardson, with which he adopted a daughter, Kim. He and Mary later divorced. On June 28, 1975, he married Jane C. Weber in Coldwater, Kansas. They were married for 42 years when she died on November 12, 2017.

Friends remember Herb as a nice, pleasant man who will now be with Jane again. During the funeral Mass, Father Klein said that like Jesus, his family remembers Herb as someone who tried to live his life as a gift to others.  In the words of his daughter, Kim, “He showed his intense love by giving.” Even though college was not an option for Herb, he used his own limited resources to insure that his sisters could attend college.  And Herb remained steadfastly faithful to his daughter, Kim, even after her adoptive parents divorced.

Father placed Herb’s years as a school bus driver right up there with veterans, police, and EMT’s.  Herb is also remembered as a volunteer police officer, in the words of Darlene Feist on the parish Facebook page, “I remember Herbie well when we were in high school.  I think he was a Claflin deputy.  He could always find Annette and me.  Granted Claflin is not that big, but how he knew where we were I’ll never know.”

Herb is also remembered for his love or the great outdoors and he enjoyed sharing his love of nature with others.  His favorite indoor pastime was watching Westerns, and he was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church choir for many years.  Herb will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him.  The Immaculate Conception parish extends its condolences to the family of Herb Hoff.