Lawrence VanHoof passed away wrapped in the loving arms of his wife, Alayne on February 19, 2021. They would have celebrated 63 years of marriage this April.
Lawrence was born to Ray and Dorothy VanHoof in the summer of 1937 on the Osceola Dairy. He was the first of four children, being the only son with three younger sisters. He spent his life playing and working on the family farm in Enumclaw. After attending Enumclaw High School where he met his wife, Lawrence joined the United States Navy. Once he returned home from his military service, he asked Alayne to marry him. They had seven beautiful children together, also born onto the family farm. Lawrence has 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, who affectionately called him Papa.
Lawrence was an active participant and member of Sacred Heart Parish. He was an altar boy at an early age and a member of the men’s club. He continued his service as an usher in the later years of his life.
While Lawrence was known as a dairy farmer, he had many other passions besides working on the farm. He was a skilled wine maker and enjoyed hunting on horseback and fishing. He traveled and went on cruises with his wife. As he got older, he attended as many of his grandchildren’s sporting events as he could, where he loved to blow kisses at them from the stands.
Lawrence was a jokester, and his personality was larger than life. His sense of humor and grin were infectious. He was always teasing but could also tell it to you straight. He enjoyed good food and loved good wine even more. His dog Penny was his shadow and his best mealtime companion. He made a lasting impression on all who met him, and his memory will be cherished by those who loved him.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Alayne; sisters, Dori (Jay) Blakley and Karen (Pat) Johnson; sister-in-law, Shirley Aden; his children, Tere (David) Trowbridge, Larry (Denise) VanHoof, daughter-in-law Gigi VanHoof, Jen (Tom) Ramberg, Bob VanHoof, Angie (Scott) Popke, and Jon (Melanie) VanHoof; grandchildren, Erica, Kyte, Zach, Britani, Chloe, Kaitlyn, RJ, Mikey, Jett, Maycee, Lauren, Jack, Lily, Sydney, and Addie; great grandchildren, Ella, Sadie, Eva, Colt, Olivia, and Saige, with another on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Judy Houston, and son, Mike VanHoof.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a Celebration of Lawrence’s life will be held this summer.
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