Hugh W. Hoff: 1935-2018

Mar 28, 2018

Hugh W. Hoff was born Hugh A. Maynard on Dec.11, 1935 in Elmira, New York, and died March 19, 2018.

Due to difficult circumstances, he spent the majority of his first 10 years bouncing around foster homes and orphanages. In 1945, Paul and Lucy Hoff, a childless couple from Ithaca, New York, “chose him” and took him home. They offered their surname and he eagerly accepted, feeling that he’d won the lottery.

Finding a loving home, he excelled in school and graduated from Cornell University in 1958. After graduation, he volunteered for the Army and became a paratrooper ¬ a “Screaming Eagle” serving in the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After completing his service, he accepted a position at Fredrick & Nelson as manager of kitchens in Seattle in 1960.

While at F&N, he met and became smitten with what would become a 58-year love affair with Lois Ahrenius. He adored Lois his entire life, and held her close through the last moments of his life. Married in 1961, their family expanded four times over the next 10 years.

In 1967, he joined Nordstrom Best as the Northgate store manager. He held a number of positions at Nordstrom through 1981, and subsequently rejoined F&N as its general manager and vice president.

In 1987, Hugh and Lois opened a Windermere Real Estate office in Edmonds and subsequently opened offices in Mukilteo and Alderwood. Retiring in 2000, Hugh enjoyed many activities with Lois and playing with their 13 grandchildren. He frequently volunteered to babysit his grandchildren, and as they grew was rewarded with their adoration – relationships that would be the envy of any grandparent.

Hugh was a committed Christian and led by example, serving as an elder and church council, even joining Lois in the choir. Hugh was a true gentleman – kind, patient, faithful and full of humor. He was extremely appreciative of the relationships he forged at Seattle Golf Club.

Hugh’s love of golf began as a teenage caddie, and he followed the game even through the last days of his life. Just days ago, he insisted in getting out of the hospital, as he needed to play golf.

Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia complicated the last seven years of his life.

Lois pulled double duty, becoming spouse and caregiver. Hugh is survived by Lois, their four children: Greg (Joelle), Dean (Kari), Brad (Wendy) and Kristi Lincicome (Jeff); and grandchildren Alexander (Makiya), Ryan, Hailey, Catherine, Anna, Lucy, Oliver, Clara, Dayle, Evie, Paulina, Violet and Hugh.

Remembrances to Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, 7525 SE 24th St. Suite 300, Mercer Island, WA 98040, or Treehouse – Nonprofit Serving Youth in Foster Care, 210024th Ave. S. Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98144.

Services are planned 1 p.m. April 12, 2018, at University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave. NE, Seattle.



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