Oric P. Hoffmann, 93, of Exeland, died on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Ladysmith Living Center.
Oric was born on May 23, 1926 to William and Eva Hoffmann in Ladysmith and lived in Exeland. He had two younger sisters, Beatrice and Margaret. Oric married Lila (Bates) on June 25, 1950 and had four sons in their life-long resident in Exeland.
Oric raised his four boys with a strong work ethic and showed them how to work hard to take care of family and home. If they ever got out of line, he would turn to hard labor as punishment with fixing fences and cleaning barns. He also taught his grandkids the same hard work ethic by helping on the cattle farm from herding cows to bailing hay.
Oric built his home on the farm from the ground up with his boy’s help. He had many talents from fixing cars as his career, to building engines of most any type, and woodworking. One of his gifts to Lila, was a beautiful wood table, chairs and china hutch. He could build most anything with his imagination and some materials. He even built the first remote control for a push button TV.
He enjoyed traveling with his family on summer vacation road trips to many national parks. After retirement, he continued his travels with Lila to Hawaii, Mexico and a cross country train trip. He enjoyed traveling to the west coast to visit family.
In his last few years with us, he continued to share his kindness with the staff at the Ladysmith Living Center. They enjoyed his daily rounds to greet them during shift changes, sharing his hugs and smiles with each of them, and showing his appreciation for their care. Oric was active until the last few weeks with daily visits to the fitness center riding the exercise bike. He joined in many of the center’s activities that included guest singers, special event socials, and even bowling. His smiles and hugs will be missed and we are very thankful for the many years we had to learn from him to “just be nice to each other”.
Oric is survived by three sons, including Richard Hoffmann, Doug Hoffmann (Cindy) and Brad Hoffmann; and daughter-in-law Linda Hoffmann. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife, Lila and son, Jerry Hoffmann (Linda).
Visitation will be at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Exeland Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Bartlett officiating.
Burial will be in Windfall Cemetery in Exeland.