The Ottumwa Courier

September 11, 2009

Donald Hoffman


OTTUMWA — Donald W. Hoffman, 89, of 106 N. Hancock, died at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 10, 2009, at his home.

He was born May 7, 1920, in Ottumwa to Oren R. and Anna McNulty Hoffman. He married Frances Laws on June 21, 1942.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was aboard the HMS Queen Mary during the infamous shipwreck with the HMS Curacao. He was with the Ottumwa Police Department for 32 years, serving on motorcycle patrol, and retiring in 1976. After retirement, he worked for eight years for Union Bank & Trust Co.

He was a lifetime member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #114, a member of O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion, Past President of the Iowa State Police Association, a member of Iowa State Chief of Police Association, and also a member of Holiday Ramblers and Indian Hills Good Sams RV clubs.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, and motorcycling.

Surviving is his wife, Fran; two sons, Donald R. Hoffman of Ottumwa, Gary L. (Elverna) Hoffman of Anamosa; a daughter, Ruth Ann (Jim) Ingle of West Des Moines; six grandchildren, Jeff Hoffman of Ottumwa, Tony Hoffman of Ottumwa, Holli (Alfred) Chan of Guangzhou, China, Heather (Joel) Hoffman of Bloomington, Minn., John (Jessica) Fahey of Anamosa, Regan Ingle of Des Moines; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Lester and Merle Hoffman; three sisters, Irene Lynch, Margaret Thompson and Dorothy Hoffman.

His body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Luers officiating. Military services will be conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice, P.O. Box 1150, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.