BLOOMINGTON - John F. Hoffman, 70, of Bloomington died at 8:08 a.m. Monday (Dec. 5, 2005) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, with the Rev. Gerald T. Ward officiating. Entombment will be in East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Patrick Church of Merna Building Fund.
He was born Dec. 2, 1935, in Fort Wayne, Ind., a son of George F. and Wallburga Baker Hoffman. He married Kathryn Diane Lushin on Oct. 21, 1960, in Kokomo, Ind. She survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Stacey Hoffman, Bloomington; Cathy (Randy) Goetz, Apple Valley, Minn.; and Lisa (Robin) Reynolds, Cooksville; a son, Mark Hoffman, Bloomington; two grandchildren, Jake and Sam Goetz, Apple Valley, Minn.; a sister, Joan (Loui) Tragesser, Kempton, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Hoffman's undergraduate studies were in commercial design at Indiana University and the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His career in daily newspaper advertising spanned more than 30 years. He began at the Kokomo Tribune in Kokomo, Ind., where he became advertising director in 1975, before coming to The Pantagraph in 1983 as retail advertising manager, and later display advertising manager.
He served as vice president for Indiana of the International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives Association and president of the Indiana Newspaper Advertising Executives Association. He also served as vice-chairman of the Howard-Tipton County Red Cross, and was active in the Kokomo Area Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus and Elks, B.P.O.E. 190 and the Central Illinois Advertising Managers Group. He served in the U.S. Army.
John will be remembered as a gentleman with an easy-going manner who treated others with respect and dignity, a man who made friends easily, and enjoyed people. He was a family man, very proud of his children and two grandsons, a master of the art of letter-writing, and an avid golfer. After retiring from The Pantagraph eight years ago, he landed his dream job, working as a starter and ranger at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington. During the off-season, he and "Deanie," as he called his wife, traveled extensively with friends, playing golf. Lately, he had been using golf balls as a canvas, drawing personalized mementos for friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of the intensive care unit at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center for their extraordinary care and the dignity with which they afforded a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, colleague and friend.