Fred Kenneth "Ken" Hoffman - April 20, 2012
Fred Kenneth “Ken” Hoffman, age 92, of 2325 Lodge Drive, Gering, Neb., passed away peacefully on April 20, 2012, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Ken Hoffman was born south of Grant, Neb. on Nov. 9, 1919. He was the first of three sons born to George and Ella (Jooston) Hoffman. Ken grew up on the farm and started school at Perkins Pride rural school before coming to Grant where he graduated from Perkins County High School in 1938.
Ken was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps during World War II and returned to his home state of Nebraska where he fell in love with the young girl with whom he had been corresponding during his recuperation in a military hospital in San Diego. He and Margaret C. Munroe were married on June 18, 1944 and the couple shared 65 years together before her death in August of 2009. They made their home in Scottsbluff for 47 years in Westmoor, then later at The Village, and Heritage Estates.
Ken worked for Gambles Hardware then Tempo Stores until his retirement in the mid-1980s. He and Margaret were faithful members of the First Baptist Church and were active in the Scottsbluff community.
Ken was an avid sports fan who could often be found rooting for his Nebraska Cornhuskers and his Colorado Rockies. He also enjoyed traveling, collecting antiques, and gardening.
Ken leaves behind loving family members; daughter Pamela and husband Art Schnell of Scottsbluff; grandson David C. and wife Stephanie Mogensen; granddaughter Nikki Britain; and great-grandsons Spencer, Grant, and Tate Britain, all of Centennial, Colo.; 13 nieces and nephews who were very dear to his heart.
Ken lived with the progressively devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years.
As per Ken’s wishes cremation has taken place.
A memorial service was held April 28 at the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff with Reverend Gary Cole officiating.
Memory donations may be made in his name to First Baptist Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation (for Parkinson’s).
Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com
Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel of Scottsbluff was in charge of arrangements.