2011-02-10 / Obituaries

Stephen H. Shoff

Stephen H. Shoff, a 20-year resident of Mariposa, died Jan. 29, at Oakhurst Living Care Center. He was 72. Mr. Shoff was born Aug. 4, 1938. He was a manager for General Electric Jet Engine Overhaul.

His early education took place in North Stratford, NH. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Le Tourneau Technical Institute in Longview, TX. After graduation, he went to Peru and worked for Le Tourneau until he received word his father had passed away and his mother needed his help at home. He came home and was hired by General Electric Company in Ontario in 1963. He and Janet were married in 1968. They had two boys: Mark in 1973 and Michael in 1979.

He worked for GE for 33 years, retiring on Jan. 1, 1996 from the position of manager of facilities and maintenance. He sold the home in Norco and moved most of the family to Mariposa, where they had built a house. Stephen spent his retirement years doing what he loved best: plowing the roads around the neighborhood, cutting wood to keep the family warm in the winter and clearing and raking for fire protection, mowing the grass fields for the Wagon Train to camp on and Circle 9 Ranch during the years the Run for the Gold was held there and enjoying his numerous pets.

Mr. Shoff is survived by his wife, Janet; and his two boys, Mark and Michael; two granddaughters, Ninna and Izabelle; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at Mariposa Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Will Hyslop, Steve’s best friend since college days, will officiate. A buffet will follow at the Shoff’s home. Directions will be given at the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mariposa SPCA, Kids’ First or the donor’s favorite charity.

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If you didn't like Steve then

If you didn't like Steve then you didn't know him. He was a kind and gentle human being. He gave generously to many and he will never be forgotten. I pray the Lord has his soul now and one day we can be so lucky to see him again! I will miss seeing his welcoming smile and hand shake!

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