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Gerald Edward Hoffman, Past Grundy Center’s Fire Chief and Iowa Fire Chiefs Assoc. Board Member Passes
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By Chief Duane Hendrickson
July 12, 2016

Gerald Edward Hoffman was born on June 5, 1938, in Lamoure, ND, the son of Martin and Maria (Orness) Hoffman. When Gerald was a young boy, their family moved to Iowa and settled just outside Boxholm. Gerald graduated from Boxholm High School in 1956 and then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, studying music.

Gerald married Joyce Rinehart of Ogden, IA on August 2, 1959, and they were blessed with 4 children - Brenda, Brian, David and Christine. Gerald and Joyce lived in Lanyon, IA and Ottosen, IA where he managed the local Farmers Coop. In September of 1972, they moved to Grundy Center where he sold insurance and real estate. He was involved in Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, the Grundy County Development Corporation and many other volunteer organizations.

Jerry, as all his friends knew him, was proud to be a Firefighter. He served as Grundy Center’s Fire Chief for 25 years and on the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association Board and the Fire Service Training Bureau. He was a very gifted singer and was a member of many chorus’, both as a singer and director. Jerry organized the Men’s Interfaith Chorus and directed it for many years. He also sang at many weddings and other events.

Gerald went to be with his Lord on July 4, 2016 at his home in North Fort Myers, FL with his family at his side. He was 78 years of age. Gerald was proceeded in death by his son, David Hoffman; his parents Martin and Maria Hoffman and parents-in-law Forest Rinehart and Mabel Rinehart-Tonsfeldt.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce of Grundy Center, daughter Brenda Heinz and her husband Tom of Ackley, IA, son Brian Hoffman of North Fort Myers, FL, daughter-in-law Beth Hoffman of San Diego, CA and daughter Christine Abels and her husband Darrell of North Fort Myers, FL.; his 7 grand-children, TJ Heinz and his wife Andrea, Josh Hoffman and his wife Brianna, Libby Heinz, Zach Hoffman, Leah Mull, Peter Hoffman and Katie Herrera, and 1 great grand-child Cole Heinz. Also his brother Keith Hoffman and his wife Joyce of Ames, IA, sister Elaine Shelton and her husband Denny of Lakeland, FL, and brother-in-law Royce Rinehart and his wife Teddie of Burlington, IA.

 

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