John Luther Hoffman was born April 13, 1944 in Lycoming County, PA, the son of Luther and Mary Hoffman. They lived in Kennels Mill, Pennsylvania where John attended Hyndman Public school and graduated in 1962.
John was very athletic, throughout school he loved playing basketball and baseball. He also enjoyed downhill skiing, camping and deer hunting. After high school John began working at Safeway Inc. until he enlisted in the Army on July 7, 1965.
While in the Army John was in the 101st Airborne and then transferred to the 81st Mortar Platoon. He served in Vietnam and was decorated with several badges and medals: Parachute badge, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman badge, Vietnam campaign Medal (with device 60), Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14) and a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged June 5, 1967.
John returned to Safeway Inc. as a manager, working in West Virginia and DC for 33 years; he retired in 1998. After retirement John moved to Cooperstown, ND to be closer to his son and his family. He valued the community of Cooperstown, and often commented on how friendly the people were there. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter Lauren and was so proud to be her grandfather. He loved the game of golf and you could find him (or hear him) on the golf course most every day from spring until late fall. He had two very spoiled and beloved dogs Winston and Jessie James. John was a man of routine and you would find him at the grocery store every morning before it opened and at the bank; he enjoyed socializing at both locations. John was an avid reader and visited the library often. In the winter months he would watch his favorite football team, the Washington Redskins. He also belonged to the Free Mason and the VFW.
John is survived by his son James (Jody) Hoffman; grandchildren Lauren Hoffman, Jennifer (Jayme)
Gronneberg, Grant (Lindsey) Vigesaa; his daughter Meagan Hoffman; grandchildren, Dan Hoffman, Sharie (Rashad)Perry, Ruth Hoffman; several great grandchildren, and his wonderful friend Reggie Erickson who also cared for John in his home the last two years.
John passed away in Hospice care at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on February 28, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Mary; three brothers, Joseph, Bob and Richard; granddaughter, Allison; and infant great granddaughter, Sophia.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 1:00 pm till 2:00 pm in the Quam-Plaisted-Cushman Funeral Home in Cooperstown, ND, followed by a Funeral Services at 2:00 pm Interment will in the Cooperstown Cemetery, Cooperstown, ND.