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Elmo Ray Paff, 100, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
He was born March 21, 1917, in Goshen, to Ina Anne Mehl and Vernon Ray Paff, the second of two sons.
Elmo graduated from DePauw University in 1939. In 1942, he graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Christian ministry on Oct. 25, 1942, at Plymouth United Church of Christ, Goshen. During his career, he served churches in Indiana, South Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin.
On March 15, 1941, he married Frances Mildred Gavin, and together they raised six children.
He is survived by five children, Toby (Nancy), Rachel (Kent), Lois (Erland), Tony (Aurora) and Brad; a daughter-in-law, Lynne (Steve); eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard (Margaret); a son, Lester; a grandson, Rueben; and his wife of close to 70 years, Frances.
Visitation with family begins Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, followed by a graveside service at 10 a.m. at Violett Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 4, 2017
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