Paul Philip Althoff | Obituary


Paul Philip Althoff, 86, of Waterloo, died Sept. 17, 2013, in Waterloo.

He was born March 26, 1927, in Valmeyer, son of the late Philip and Eleanora Althoff (nee Sensel).

He was married to the late Ethel Caroline Althoff (nee Rahn); she preceded him in death.

Mr. Althoff was raised in Valmeyer. He graduated as the valedictorian of Valmeyer High School in 1945, and graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

He married his college sweetheart, Ethel Rahn, and they had 55 wonderful years together.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years in Wurzburg, Germany, and he taught for several years in the Waterloo School District before embarking on a successful 34-year career with Ralston Purina.

Mr. Althoff was dedicated to his church and active in his community, including serving as president of St. Paul United Church of Christ Consistory, president of the Waterloo School Board, and Paul Harris Fellow of the Waterloo Rotary.

He was beloved father to Angela and Gary Most and doting “Papa” to Philip Most and Olivia Most.

Survivors include his daughter Angela (Gary) Most; and grandchildren Philip Most and Olivia Most; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert Althoff, sister Ruth Anderson and sister-in-law Joyce Althoff.

Visitation was Sept. 20, at Quernheim Funeral Home, and Sept. 21, at St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Funeral services were Sept. 21, at the church, Pastor Fred Wehrenberg and Pastor James Watson officiating.

Interment followed at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery, Waterloo.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Waterloo.

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