Gerhart (Gary) Hoffman

Celebration of life service for Gerhart (Gary) Walter Hoffman of Lawrence Ks. will be held at 2p.m. February 16th at First United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Gary passed away on February 10th at Brandon Woods with his wife and five children present.
Gary was born April 15th, 1927 in Mitchell, South Dakota to German immigrant parents Paul August Hoffman and Elsie Bachman Hoffman.
Gary graduated from Mitchell High School in 1945. He went on to play college football at both South Dakota State and Dakota Wesleyan University. He also attended the former Stout Institute of Industrial Arts in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Gary married Joyce Turner on June 20, 1948 at First Methodist Church in Mitchell, South Dakota. To this union five children were born.
Gary was an active member of the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, Y’s Men’s club which was a service organization of the YMCA, Order of Elks, Master Mason, and El Raid Shrine.
Gary moved his family to Lawrence Ks. in 1963 to be affiliated with Norris Brothers Plumbing and Heating as a Commercial Mechanical Estimator. He later worked for Huxstable Inc. in the same capacity. In 1969 he formed Mechanical Estimating Service Inc. which provided Mechanical data to commercial contractors throughout the Midwest. He retired in 1995.
Gary was an active member of the Lawrence First United Methodist Church, Breakfast Optimists, and the Building and Trade Commission of the city of Lawrence.
Throughout his life Gary enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to camp in the mountains, travel, garden, and especially pheasant hunting with his sons in South Dakota. Gary was also an avid KU sports fan. Gary was a wonderful husband and father who will be missed but never forgotten.
Survivors include his wife Joyce, daughter Becki Barnhart and friend Mark Eggold of Ottawa, Ks., sons Jeff Hoffman and wife Sarah, David Scot Hoffman and wife Donna, Craig Hoffman, and daughter Kim Krannawitter and husband Kevin along with fourteen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends at 7pm February 15th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Brandon Woods employees for their excellent and loving care of our loved one.
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Messages & Condolences

From Nancy Headley Watson & Bill Watson...

Joyce & Family,

We were so sorry to learn from Uncle Larry of Gary’s passing. How well I remember family gatherings: your family coming to Kansas City and having my father’s hickory-smoked hamburgers and definitely a game of whiffle ball in the front yard and our family traveling to Lawrence for great meals, games and fun times with Becky, Jeff, Scot, Craig and Kim.

Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Please also know that Nadine is in California visiting Peggy. I will let them know and also Carol.


From Bruce Vaughn...

Jeff and Sarah, and Scot and Donna:

I am sorry for your loss. Your father was well respected in his profession. I know you must have fond memories of shared experiences.

From Tom & Coletta Cooper...

To all the Hoffman’s – our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce – what cherished memories we have of Gary and you and our “back porch” neighbor times together. Gary, we miss you.

From Susan Harrison...

Dear Joyce,
I am thinking of you and your family. Try to remember the good times you had together. The wonderful memories you two made together during your almost 65 years, will help you get through this sad time.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

From Jeff Hoffman...

Mother-I had more respect for dad than any other person I know and I have tried to model my life after his. I do not think I am even close but I will continue to try. Love you both

From Charles Pendry...

Jeff and Scott- Jann and my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow, which at the same time should be celebrated as a life well lived. He left behind a great family.

From Gary and Lexie Grob...

To all the Hoffmans our deepest sympathy.Knowing Gary and the rest of the family for so many years its always tough when we lose someone so close.Our prayers will be with you always.

From Dorothy Cook...

Dear Joyce and Family:

Deepest sympathy to all. I was on the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist church many years ago – serving with Gary. I remember him as always pleasant, so easy to get along with and always with a captivating smile for everyone.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

From robyn herzog...

so sorry to hear bout your dad he was alsome man
he always has a smile that can lite up a room when i tell him something he always gets me back i was like wow you got me wat ever the ? was, and he just laughed
i will miss the family visits too
god bless robyn herzog

From Trey and Tricia Venters...

Our deepest sympathies on your loss.

From Dierk and Sue Davis McDaniel...

My very deepest sympathy to all of you. Thoughts and prayers to all of you in this very sad time.

From David Scot Hoffman...

Thanks Dad, you always knew the answers and will miss that advise. You were the best. Always in my heart. Scot. Love You.

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