Robert William "Bob" Hoff of Eckert died after a brief battle with lung cancer on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at his home. He was 69.
Mr. Hoff was born July 1, 1942, in Hendricks, Minn., to Joseph and Esther (Wilking) Hoff. He graduated from Hendricks High School in 1960 and attended Minneapolis School of Business.
He married Judith Christensen in 1963. She survives.
Mr. Hoff enlisted in the Navy in 1963 as an electrician's mate and served in Vietnam on the USS St. Paul. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged as an E-5 in 1967.
He went on to pursue a career as a master electrician, beginning at Goos Electric in Tyler, Minn. He bought Goos and owned and operated it until 1983, when he moved his family to Colorado. He worked for a number of commercial electrical companies before settling in with Casey International where he worked throughout the United States and abroad. He retired in 2008 and moved to Eckert to live with his son and his family.
Mr. Hoff enjoyed woodworking, riding horses, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of Grand Valley Woodturners.
He is survived by his wife, Judith of Russell, Minn.; two daughters and their husbands, Shiela and Joel Zuehlke of Fairmont, Minn., and Jennifer and Corey Evans of Balaton, Minn.; a son and his wife, Joseph and Sarah Hoff; his grandchildren, Shaun Madden, Isabella Zuehlke, Abigail Zuehlke, Elijah Zuehlke, Colin Evans, Derek Evans, Colton Evans and Ava Hoff; a brother and his wife, Richard and Wanice Hoff; a brother-in-law, August Hamer; a sister and her husband, Donna and Eldon Thurow; a sister and her husband, Joan and Burt Pederson; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hoff was preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin Zuehlke; a sister, Darlene Hamer; a brother-in-law, Herbert Hamer Sr.; and two nephews, Joel Hamer and Timothy Hamer.
A memorial service was held March 10 at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory. A prayer service will be held in June at Christ Lutheran Church with interment of ashes at the East Cemetery in Hendricks, Minn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.blog comments powered by Disqus