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Obituary: Paul L. Kerkhof, Seymour

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Paul L. Kerkhof, 89, of Seymour, passed away February 19, 2013, with his family by his side.

Born September 11, 1923, in Jackson County, IN, he was the son of Leonard and Margaret (Hoene) Kerkhof. Paul married Geneva (Horman) Kerkhof who preceded him in death on May 31, 1994. He later married Joanne (Gilmore) Denecke, who survives.

Mr. Kerkhof graduated from Cortland High School in 1941 and was a farmer for many years on his home place. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, White Creek, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of American Legion Post No. 89, VFW Post No. 1925, Lutheran Layman’s League and the Farm Bureau.

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, Andrew, Joseph, Alison, and Jacob Denecke; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Chase and Tyler Bennett, Trevor Denecke, and Avery Denecke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a son, Joseph Kerkhof; a granddaughter, Kendra Jo Kerkhof; brothers, Robert Kerkhof, Leroy Kerkhof, and Vern Kerkhof; and sisters, Opal Bobb and Wilma Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, White Creek, on Friday, February 22, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Joshua Cook officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s White Creek Cemetery, with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post No. 1925, American Legion Post No. 89, Disabled Veterans No. 47, and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Friends may call at Voss Chapel in Seymour on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials may be written to the Lutheran Hour, Fort Wayne Seminary, or the donor’s choice of charities.

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