Lawrence Hoffman

Lawrence S. "Larry" Hoffman

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Lawrence S. Hoffman (Larry), age 83, passed away on May 21, 2019 at his home in West Bend. It was Larry’s Mission to further educate the students of the Medical College of Wisconsin by donating his body.

Larry was born on July 9, 1935 to the late Joseph and Pauline (Mayer) Hoffmann. He grew up in Hartford, attended St. Kilian grade school and graduated from Hartford High School in 1953. He was a life –long resident of Washington County.

On May 4, 1957 Larry was united in marriage to the love of his life, Charlotte Rusch. They were married at St. Francis Cabrini in West Bend and were blessed with 62 years of marriage.

Larry enjoyed tinkering on engines, fine tuning them to run smooth. His love of engines paved his way to beginning his career with Detroit Diesel Allison for 36 years. He began as a mechanic, working on huge mining equipment, yachts, and trucks. He furthered his career with the company retiring in 1999 as a Sales Engineer.

One of the other parts of his life he was most proud of was serving his country in the Wisconsin National Guard for 17 years; served on active duty from 1961-62. He retired with the rank of Captain and was a member of the West Bend American Legion Post 36.

He was civic minded. He served on the West Bend Housing Authority Board of Directors for 15 years. He was elected as a Washington County Supervisor and held the position for 6 years, also served on the City of West Bend Ethics Committee.

Larry had many hobbies. One of many things he enjoyed was high power rifle marksmanship at the West Bend Barton Sports Club. He also enjoyed fishing, photography, traveling and a cup of coffee with friends. But his greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his wife Charlotte, two daughters Sherie (Jack) Kruse and Lisa (Steve) Schroeder both of West Bend, 6 grandchildren Robin (Kevin) Gill, Ryan (Ryan Marie) Kruse, Travis Achterberg and Hope Achterberg, Kimberly (fiancé Tyler McClain) Schroeder and Carlyn Schroeder, 2 great granddaughters, Charla Gonyo and Mallory Gonyo and 1 great grandson Carson Kruse.

He is further survived by his sisters, Loretta Pauly of Sun City AZ. Joynell Becker of West Bend, Jeanette (Donald) Warnecke of Wausau, WI. Sister in law Erlene Brehmer, of Little Chute WI, close nephew Rick Rusch of West Bend along with many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear and close friends.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, his sisters, Leona Kramer, Viola Funk, a brother Joseph Hoffmann, six brother in laws, William Kramer, Leland Funk, Anthony Pauly, Russell Becker, LeRoy Brehmer, Roger Rusch and sister in laws Darlene (Peggy) Rusch and Anna Hoffmann.

A Memorial Mass will be at 4:00PM on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. 7th Ave West Bend, WI 53095) with Fr. Nathan Reesman presiding. Visitation will be at church on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 2:00PM until 3:45PM. Interment will be a later date at Washington County Memorial Park.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:45pm
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:45pm
    St Frances Cabrini
    1025 S. 7th Ave
    West Bend, WI 53095
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 4:00pm
    St Frances Cabrini
    1025 S. 7th Ave
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Nathan Reesman
  • Interment

    Washington County Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    Later Date
  • Reception

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 |
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
    St Frances Cabrini
    Address Not Available


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Brian & Kristina Lueth

Posted at 10:49am
For all the endless years of fun, love, and joy. For the fishing trips to the lost lake and for all of life's lessons. Eternal gratitude and love.
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Sonia Utterback

Posted at 03:02pm
To Larry's entire family: I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. He has left a void in your family and the community. My greatest joy, as the former Executive Director of the City of West Bend Housing Authority, was when Larry would drop by and see me and we could chat about nothing and, sometimes, important things. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and many who never met him but felt the impact of his love of family and community.

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