Alan "Big Al" E. Danhoff

March 19, 1953August 13, 2011

Alan E. Danhoff “Big Al” Willard, Ohio

Born on March 19, 1953, to Peter J. Danhoff and Thelma (Hedden) Danhoff in Willard, OH, Alan died on August 13, 2011, at Elmwood at the Springs in Green Springs, OH. For nearly twenty years “Big Al” loyally served as the football manager of the Willard High School Crimson Flashes. More recently, he worked at Sandco Industries in Fremont, OH. He participated in Special Olympics yearly and played T-Ball during the summer. He was a state board member of “People First,” and attended the Clyde Life Enrichment Program. He also regularly attended services at the Vineyard Christian Church in Fremont. He loved talking on the phone, shopping at Wal-Mart, and attending Sandco dances. Alan was a special man who, though blind, saw the world as a happy place. Throughout his life and his several months of illness, he remained positive, never complaining about his disabilities or his health. He overlooked his handicaps and enriched the lives of all of us through his sense of humor and his innocent outlook on life. His death leaves a void that cannot be filled.

Preceded in death by his parents, Alan is survived by: brothers, James (Diann) Danhoff, Gull Lake, MI, David (Natalie) Danhoff, Clyde, OH, John (Pam) Danhoff, Marietta, PA; nieces and nephews, PJ (Lisa) Danhoff, Jayne (Erik) Sabaitis, Ben Danhoff, Alivia Danhoff, Clyde, OH, Amanda Danhoff, Columbus, OH, Emily Fairbanks, Battle Creek, MI, and Josh Sattler, Kalamazoo, MI; great-nephew and great-niece, Mason and Molly Sabaitis; Uncle Kenny (Ellen) Danhoff, Willard, OH; several cousins; best friend, Jay Cullen, with whom he fought daily over who was going to get the mail; and many, many dear friends. Special to Alan were his caregivers Kathy, Rachel, Andrea, and Kristen.

At the request of family, friends may attend a viewing at the Lindsey Kocher Funeral Home on Monday, August 15, 2011, from 4 to 7PM. A service honoring Alan will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Willard on August 16, 2011 at 11:00AM. After the service burial will take place at the Willard Greenwood Cemetery where Alan will be buried beside his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be sent to the Willard High School Athletic Boosters or to Sandco Industries, Fremont, OH.


  • Visitation Monday, August 15, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Alan "Big Al" E. Danhoff

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Julie Stawowy

August 19, 2011

Mr. David Danhoff and Family:
My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I will miss dancing with Al in the rebel gym. Al is an amazing person that will be missed.
Sending thoughts of peace and courage-

Joni Kousma-Polachek

August 18, 2011

I too, remember Al growing up. We all played together at the Willard Pool. Life was so simple then and so many of us are better people just by knowing Big Al. Our loss is truly heaven's gain.

Ed and Theresa Smith

August 17, 2011

Jim and Diann,
Sorry to learn of Big Als passing. You have our deepest sympathy.

Coach Teresa Langley

August 16, 2011

I am so sorry to hear that "Big Al" passed away. It was an honor to be his track coach throughout the years. When he said that he wanted to do a running event I tried to think of a reason why he couldn't do it. And whatever reason I gave, he gave me a reason why he should be able to do it. He was a wonderful man and will alway be in my heart. "You've crossed that Finish Line Al and we all are cheering you on!!!!"

Sarah Mohrman

August 16, 2011

My boyfriend Terry Rhoads and I wish to express our deepest sympathy at this very sad time. We both have great memories of working with Alan at Sandco Industries. He was an amazing person who had such a great outlook on life. He's definitely left a huge void at Sandco. May you all take comfort in knowing that Alan is now safely home with our Lord and Savior and that is the greatest gift anyone can ever ask for.

Donnie Buss

August 16, 2011

Such special memories of growing up in Willard where our lives evolved around playing ball and Al was always there. God bless this special friend and help the family find comfort knowing Al is in a special place.

Laurie (Kampen)Babbitt

August 16, 2011

Jim & Diann,
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your precious brother. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and guide you through this very difficult time. You are in our prayers. God bless.

Jeff Cox

August 15, 2011

JD and Divid,
My sincere condolences go out to your family I'll always remember Big Al hanging out at the pool and having a great time with us kids, god bless and RIP Big AL

Kelly Hicks

August 15, 2011

Danhoff family,
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. I am honored to have known him and will remember him always.

Greg McDermitt

August 15, 2011

Danhoff family,
Please accept our sincere condolences over your loss. Our son, Adam, truly cared for Alan, and looked forward to working with him, visiting he and Jay, and just talking with him daily. Adam is sad but believes that Alan will only make Heaven a better place. My wife Chris and I believe that as well.