Obituary for Benjamin "Ben" Hoffman
Benjamin “Ben” Edward Hoffman, age 84 passed away Wednesday January 31st 2018. At the time of his death Ben resided at Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park, MN. Ben was born on June 2, 1933 in Armour, SD to Benjamin and Mabel (Dvorak) Hoffman. Ben attended school through the 8th grade in Delmont SD and later Boone Lake Township Country School near Stewart, MN. In 1949, at the age of 16, Ben joined the Army National Guard Company B stationed out of Hutchinson, MN and was later stationed at Fort Rucker, AL. While stationed in AL, Ben met Mary Christine Rogers from Enterprise, AL. Ben and Mary were united in marriage on March 10, 1953 by Reverend Robert Brown. Ben and Mary moved to Stewart, MN were they welcomed 6 children and spent 20 years raising their family. In 1986, Ben and Mary moved to Kissimmee, FL where they spent 28 wonderfully warm years until health brought them back to MN to be closer to family in August 2014. While in Kissimmee, Ben worked in Maintenance at Wilson World Hotel,(which later became Ramada West Gate), where he was affectionately known as “Mr. Ben”. He was a man of many talents and could fix anything that was broken. Even after retiring and moving to the independent living at LMS, he continued to advise the maintenance crew on how to do things and helped them when he could. Ben spent many days outside by the lake edging the lawn, blowing leaves off the sidewalks and feeding the birds. Ben most enjoyed walking his beloved companion, Skeeter, through the buildings so everyone could pet him.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Mabel Hoffman, sister, Ramona Wosmek, mother and father in law, James and Dolly Rogers along with many other family and friends.
Ben is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary C. Hoffman of Spring Park, MN, children: Terry (Glenn) Elyea of Pilager, MN, Ronald Hoffman of Litchfield, MN, Debra (Mike) Middleton of Coon Rapids, MN, Cindy (Tim) Emery of Garrison, MN, Russell (DeShay) Hoffman of Altamonte Springs, FL and Richard Hoffman of Monument, CO. Grandchildren: Julie, Sara, & Barry Windschitl. Jeremy (Cori), Ryan (Lisa), Corey (Nichole) Schroeder, Gabe Hoffman, Brent (Rebecca) Schott, Jennifer (Philip) Lachermeier, Renee (Brian) Kraus, & Sean (Kali) Hoffman. Great Grandchildren: Kasey, Madison, Kaden, Megan, Luke, Dylan, Isabella, Abigail, Calen, Chloe, Trevin, Taylor, & Benjamin. Ben is further survived by his brother Vernon (Marcella) of Phoenix, AZ, and sisters Adeline Hlavka and Nora Volrath of Silver Lake, MN.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24th at Lake Minnetonka Shores Chapel, 4515 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN. Visitation from 10:00- 11:00 with a service at 11:00. Light lunch to follow in the Court Atrium. In Lieu of gifts or flowers the family prefers memorials in Honor of Ben to the Lake Minnetonka Shores Benevolence Fund.
Huber Funeral & Cremation Services
Mound Chapel 952-472-1716