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Curtis Hoffman

April 27, 1931 — April 16, 2017

Curtis C. Hoffman, 85, of Leola and formerly Long Lake, SD, died Sunday April 16, 2017 at Ashley Medical Center in Ashley, ND.

His funeral will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, at St. James Lutheran Church in Leola. Pastor Sara Sorensen will lead the worship. Burial will be in Green Mound Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Curtis was born to Karl and Carolina (Maier) Hoffman on April 27, 1931. On June 16 1932, when Curtis was 15 months old, his father was killed by lightning on the homestead. Curtis attended Hoffman Hilltop Country School through the 8th Grade, at the age of 18 he began farming with his mother on the family homestead granted to his grandfather (Frederick Hoffman) 7 miles SE of Long Lake.

He was confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Leola, and on October 16, 1957 Curtis married Leona Hoffman, daughter of Dan and Hertha Hoffman, at St. James. Curtis attended rural Hope Lutheran church near the homestead where he served as custodian and caretaker for many years until the church closed in January 1961. The family then attended Salem Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Long Lake, SD until Curt and Leona moved to Leola and attended St. James Lutheran Church. Curtis was active in the church and enjoyed singing in the church choir and teaching Sunday school, he also served as Sunday school superintendent at Salem Emmanuel, he also served on the church council and as Luther League Leader for many years.

His love for music included being a member of the Long Lake Band starting at the age of 15 until his passing. Curtis also played in a dance band for many years, playing the trumpet and baritone. He not only enjoyed playing music, but listening and dancing to old time polkas and waltzes as well.

He was always available for a good game of cards and visiting. He loved stopping at the farm and checking the crops and cows. He loved his family and really enjoyed it when the kids and grandkids would stop by to visit and play a game of cards.

He served as Township Clerk and as a board member for many years, as well as being a board member for FHA and FSA for several years.

He was thankful to share his life with his family, wife Leona L. Hoffman, children, Karley and Mary (Mehlhaff) Hoffman, Long Lake, SD, Colette (Hoffman) and Jay Miller, Hot Springs, SD, Carmen (Hoffman) and Gary Weidenbach, Paola, KS, sisters, Florence Krege, Columbia, SD, Curt and Alice (Hoffman) Hutchenson, Sacramento, CA, brothers, Leslie and Virginia (Jundt) Hoffman, Brookings, SD, Milton and Evelyn (DeForest) Hoffman, Aberdeen, SD, in-laws, Ruth and Jerome Hochhalter, Aberdeen, SD, Della Ulmer, Ellendale, ND and Betty Hoffman, Sioux Falls, SD, Grandchildren, Jonathan and Michelle (Hubbel) Hoffman, Justin and Kaitlin (Masterson) Hoffman, Jacob Miller, Jesse Miller, Morgan Weidenbach, Quinton Weidenbach, Great Grandchildren, Henry Hoffman, Hudson Hoffman and many nieces and nephews.

Curtis was preceded in death, parents, Karl and Carolina (Maier) Hoffman, grandparents, Frederick and Magdalena Hoffman, Karl and Christina Meier, father and mother in-law, Dan and Hertha Hoffman, sister, Wilma Wolf, brothers, Elmer Hoffman, Harold Hoffman, brothers in-law, Gene Hoffman, Wilton Hoffman.

Arrangements are with Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich.


Funeral Service

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
2:00 PM

St. James Lutheran Church
1002 Moulton Street
Leola, South Dakota 57456

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