Thomas Schoff

April 9, 1941 - December 2, 2017

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Thomas V. Schoff, 76, passed away December 2, 2017 surrounded by wife, Collette, and his loving family. Tom was born the son of Bill and Geraldine Schoff on April 9, 1941 in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Tom spent his career in law enforcement serving proudly on the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Children’s Hospital, the State of Ohio and the McDonald Funeral Home. He is a member of the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, served on various local boards and was President of the Mechanicsburg Village Council.

Tom was a 33 Degree Mason, and Past Potentate of the Antioch Shrine of Dayton. He received the 2017 Champaign County Shriner of the Year Award. He was also elected Vice President of the Antioch Shrine Foundation. Tom served as a member of the York Rite, Member of the Star Chapter #126 – Royal Arch Masons and Imperial Captain Guard Aide Committee and Caroline Chapter #39 Order of Eastern Star. In the Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, Tom served in several capacities including Ambassador and Member of the Champaign County 32 Club. Tom was a Member of the Royal Jesters, Court No. 10, Past President of the Champaign County Shrine Club, and Member of the Logan County Shrine Club. Tom was also a Master Mason of the Indian Lake Lodge #722 and current member of the Mechanicsburg Lodge #113, serving as Worshipful Master in 1998.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother William (Bill) Schoff, and parents-in-law, Howard and Agnes Cretcher.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, Tom is survived by their children, Julie (Mike) Jones and children Jordan and Jake Kielich and Evan and Nick Jones of Mechanicsburg; Cherie (Joshua) Moore and children Elliott, Brookelyn, Katelyn, Ali and Lily of Mechanicsburg; Thomas B. (Mary) Schoff and children Jackie Schoff of Sarasota, FL, Casey (Janelle) Schoff parents of Tom’s great grand-children Riley, Carson and Madeline of Michigan; Tara (Rick) Whittaker and children Dylan and Conner; Traci (Steve) Douberly and children Regan and Spencer; Toni (Stan) Carter and children Alexa McGowan and Cole McGowan, and brother-in-law Dr. Keith (Gail) Cretcher of California.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-7 PM on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, 50 N. Main Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044. A celebration of Tom’s life will begin at 7:00 PM with Rev. Mimi Ault officiating and Masonic Honors opening the service. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family in DeGraff, Ohio. Services are entrusted to SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Shriner’s Hospital, c/o Antioch Shrine, 107 E. First St., Dayton, OH 45402 or the Children’s Dyslexia Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, OH 45405 in memory of Thomas Schoff.

Pall Bearers are Mike Jones, Josh Moore, Jake Kielich, Will Link, Brent Zimmerman, Bob Keene, Greg Kielich and Rocky Kelly.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Ruthanna Tynan - Dec 5, 2017

So sorry for your loss.

Stan Brookins - Dec 5, 2017

Collette, Sally and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your Family. As difficult a loss as Tom’s death is to all, his suffering is finally no more. We all know God has plans for him but it doesn’t make his death any easier. He was a wonderful friend and I will miss him. Stan

Linda Moore - Dec 5, 2017

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Tom was clearly much loved by everyone who knew him. I hope you find some peace and comfort in the memories of him you have.

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