Jeffrey Hoffman

Jeffrey Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman Jeffrey Ronald Hoffman, age 61 of Walnut Grove, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 8, 2015 while doing what he loved, farming. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 12 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at English Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Burial is in North Hero Township Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jeffrey Ronald Hoffman was born April 13, 1954 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Ronald and Colleen (Dietz) Hoffman. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Willow Lake Township. Jeff graduated from Tracy High School in 1972. On December 19, 1987 he married Kelly Nelson at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church. Jeff worked various jobs until he began farming. He worked as a surveyor for the City of Bloomington from 1986 until 1989. They lived in Redwood Falls for a short time and Jeff worked for Marshall Truss.  They then moved to a farm north of Walnut Grove in 1989 where he farmed the rest of his life. Jeff played pool and softball for many years in his younger days. “Whitey” loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping. He especially enjoyed elk hunting in Colorado with his friends, bear and deer hunting up north, and fishing trips to Pierre and Chamberlain. He really enjoyed his trips with Kelly and good friends to Alaska. Jeff also enjoyed watching sports on TV. He loved raising cattle, and visiting and joking with friends over coffee and drinks.

Jeff is survived by his wife Kelly; children Ryan and Lacey (Cody) Groebner, and his greatest blessing granddaughter Lily Jo and was so excited to welcome granddaughter #2 shortly. Jeff is also survived by his father Ron Hoffman; brothers Scott (June) Hoffman, David (Lisa) Hoffman, and Gregg Hoffman; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Colleen and brother-in-law Tim Nelson.

30 thoughts on “Jeffrey Hoffman”

  1. Charity Rasmussen

    On behalf of the Rasmussens, we send our deepest sympathies to your family during this difficult time. Lots of prayers.

  2. Dick and Lynn Verlinde

    Kelly and Family~ Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Whitey’s gentle kindness will be missed.

  3. Bruce, Karla and Eli Gundermann

    Kelly, Ryan and Lacey, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Words are hard to find. Lean on each other, share stories and memories. Take each day as it comes. We are praying for you and hope the love of family and friends can give each of you comfort. In our thoughts and prayers, Bruce, Karla and Eli Gundermann

  4. Ron and Berta Bakken

    Sometimes the question ” Why?” has no answer. This is one of those times. There are no words that can express to you, Kelly, and your family, how much our community will miss Jeff. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold fast to your memories. All our love – Ron and Berta

  5. Virg and Sharon Cartet

    Kelly and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hopefully you will find comfort from friends and family as they surround you with their love and kindness.

  6. Michael & Julie Knott

    Our thoughts & prayers to the Hoffman family, especially to you Kelly and your children.
    Also Ron and brothers Scott, David & Gregg.
    I was so saddened to hear the untimely news. Jeff was truly a blessing to all his family
    and friends. Jeff had a way of brightening up any room he walked into and I don’t remember ever
    seeing Jeff with a frown on his face. I was talking to my brother David of the many memories from bus #5, playing
    Buck Euchre, our dealings with Glen Suprenant and the many trips on our bikes back and forth from our family farms. The trip to the Boundary-waters and hunting camp up by Ray was a special time.
    Men like Jeff are few and far between. God sure knew what he was doing and sure blessed us all by the Joy
    and love Jeff shared so freely.
    He will truly be missed but I know we will see him again down the road.

    God bless you all


    Michael & Julie Knott
    Corvallis, MT

  7. Kelly, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. I know he will be missed greatly by you and your family. You are in my prayers. Mary Ann

  8. Kelly and family, my heartfelt sympathy to you and yours at this most difficult time. I have nothing but wonderful memories of Jeff and your family and often think of the many years you made us so very proud & grateful for the work you all did. May you feel comfort in knowing others care.

  9. Kelly and family, So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with him when he would stop in the vfw with his friends..I know the days ahead well not be easy, but family and all the great memories that you all have well help so much. Prayers to you all

  10. Ron, it saddens me to see you losing Jeff. I remember how he loved the time we went flying. Kelly and family I don’t know how to express my deepest sympathy for you. Time can heal a broken heart. Cherish all the pleasant memories of a wonderful husband and father. dick schaefer

  11. Kelly – I’m at a loss for words… I can’t help but remember sitting at the supper table at Dale & Lynn’s and you talking about your new boy friend, Jeff. 🙂 He made you smile. I don’t see you often enough but have always thought of you as a big sister. My heart is broken for you. You and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry I am not able to be there. Love – Jackie

  12. Ron and Deb Kuehl

    Dear Kelly and Family,
    Words cannot express the sadness we feel for you Kelly and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Ron and Deb

  13. Eunice Christensen

    Kelly and family….I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jeff’s death. So sorry for all of you, because when death comes unexpectedly, it is especially hard to accept. Since Ronnie has been gone, I can truly say I do understand some of what you are experiencing. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Ron, and grieve for him. Please know that you are, and will be, in my thoughts and prayers. I love you, Kelly. Sincerely, Eunie Christensen, Clive, IA.

  14. Kelly & family–I am sorry to hear the loss of your husband, father, and grandpa. You are in our thoughts and prayers and this difficult time. Treasure all the great memories you shared together. May God wrap his arms around you in the difficult days ahead. Jeff & Michelle Lammers & family

  15. Tim and Eileen Helmer

    Kelly, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go thru the difficult days ahead. Tim and Eileen Helmer

  16. Judy & Wayne Pankonin

    Kelly ,
    So sad and sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing…He was Always friendly and a very nice man..
    The shock and loss are so hard. The “Why” question is unanswered, but we learn we are not in charge…God is.
    May you feel God’s presence around you and family in your grieving and healing in the coming days.
    Prayers for strength and comfort.




  18. Rodney & Nancy Boeck

    Kelly and Family, Much sadness is shared with you and family , may the wonderful memories give you strength through the difficult days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rod and Nancy

  19. Tim & Marilyn Grefe

    Kelly and family, we are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this very sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Tim & Marilyn Grefe

  20. Kelly and Lacey, I am extremely saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing away. Please accept my condolences. May you find peace and recovery from this loss in cherished memories of Jeff.

  21. So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Will always remember him with a smile on his face and always cheerful. He was the last of the 3 that went on that Vegas trip with Dick Rys and my brother Jerry. Regretted not being able to go with them, was too broke I think. I don’t get back to Walnut much, think the last time I say him was at Jerry’s funeral. Will be seriously missed by family I am sure and you have my sympathy also. Bill

  22. jeanette nienaber

    Kelly and Lacey, thinking of you during this time. My heart goes out to you and words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of the sadness you are experiencing right now. I know you are both strong women and will help each other through this time, but it will still not be easy I can only imagine. Big hugs to you both and take it one day at a time. Miss you both.


  23. Kelly, Lacey, and Ryan,
    So sad to hear about Jeff. He was a very good man and to lose him at such an early age. My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to you all and the extended family. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
    Dan Peterson

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