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Obituary: John N. DeHoff, MD

John N. DeHoff, MD, age 97, 55 Roberts Grove, Orangeville, PA died at his home on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. He was in failing health for eight years.

Born on Nov. 11, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was a son of the late Leon D. and Elizabeth (Newcomer) DeHoff. He resided at his home in Orangeville since 1984 and had maintained a summer cottage there since 1950.

He was the eldest of four sons and graduated from Flushing High School, Flushing, NY. His college degrees were earned at New York University. He served his residency at Queens General Hospital in New York City.

Dr. DeHoff specialized in pediatrics with practices in both Flushing and Manhasset. He served as director of pediatrics at Flushing Hospital and was the medical director at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bayside.

Dr. DeHoff was honored by the Queens Medical Society as “Man of the Year” after completing 50 years of pediatric medicine. He retired in 1983.

He served with the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel in the medical corps during World War II.

His family remembers him as an avid gardener and nature lover, as well as being an excellent teacher.

Dr. DeHoff was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Marquis on April 29, 1987; a son, John N. DeHoff, Jr. on July 13, 2008; and a granddaughter, Laurieanne Thatcher on May 13, 1986.

Surviving are his wife, the former Jane (Smith) McNeill, with whom he celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary on Nov. 27, 2008; two daughters: Lauranne Thatcher, Grants Pass, OR and Judith M. DeHoff, Royal Oak, MD; a daughter-in-law, Joanne (Derr) DeHoff, Wyomissing, PA; a stepdaughter, Sally, wife of Donald Rynd, East Norwich, NY; a stepson R. Scott McNeill, and his wife Bonnie, Vernon Hills, Ill.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother: Richard S. DeHoff, and his wife June, Flemington, NJ.

Memorial services will be held in September at a time and place to be announced. Interment will be made in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Orangeville.

Memorials may be sent to the Orangeville Volunteer Fire Co., Orangeville, PA 17859. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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