Herbert Franklin Hoffman, 77, Wolcottville, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
He was born November 27, 1936, in Kendallville, Ind., to Emery and Irma (Meyers) Hoffman.
He was valedictorian of the Class of 1954 at Rome City High School and earned top honors in Noble County 4-H in 1954. He was a lifetime grain and dairy farmer on the same farm in Orange Township, Noble County. He was a charter and founding member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod near Wolcottville, holding many offices in the church throughout the years including chairman and vice chairman of the board, church treasurer for 15 years, and building committee member. He served for three years on the board of directors for Lutheran Homes and was the Orange County Township Democrats Precinct Committee chairman for several years. He was also a member of Menno Happy Wanderers Travel Club for 15 years.
He was married July 31, 1955n at St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville, Ind., to Nelda Jean Berkes. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Christina and Doug Hanna, Goshen, Ind., Dawn and Michael Ruff, Angola, Ind., and Laurie Hetrick and fiancé Bruce Sheehan, both of Wolcottville; one son, Andrew and Glenda Hoffman, Camby, Ind.; six grandchildren; five stepgrand-children; eight great-grand-children; 16 stepgreat-grand-children; two sisters, Margaret Frick, Kendallville, Ind., and Mary and Robert Ackerman II, Sturgis, Mich.; and two brothers, Claude and Nancy Hoffman, Wolcottville, and Robert and Connie Hoffman, Elwood, Ind.; and many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Phyllis Maslyar, and two brothers-in-law, Burton Frick and George Maslyar.
Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Friday, January 17, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wolcottville.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wolcottville with Reverend James Tews officiating.
Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.
Memorials may be directed to the Messiah Lutheran Church "Out Building" Fund or the Orange Township 4-H Club and Auction.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hitefuneralhome. com.
Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville, Ind. is in charge of arrangements.