Jerry D. Hoffmann, 66, of Exeland, was surrounded in love by his wife and two daughters as he peacefully passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, after a brave battle with stomach cancer and COPD.
Jerry was born on Dec. 29, 1952 to Oric and Lila (Bates) Hoffmann. He met the woman that became the love of his life at the young age of 17. After 48 years, he continued his strong love for her until the very end of his life giving kisses and “I Love You’s.” Jerry was a proud, loving and fun father to his two daughters whom he called “his little professionals” and grandfather to his three grandchildren. The projects he built with his grandchildren and the adventures he took them on will never be forgotten in their minds.
Jerry had many professions and was great at everything he did; machinist, mechanic, truck driver, trailer mechanic. He spent over 20 years of his career at Rand’s Trucking, retiring at age 62 so he could focus on his other many hobbies and talents. He could fix anything from a computer hard drive to a tiny necklace. He built a go cart from the ground up, did body work and painted cars, built everything from model cars and ships to creating woodworking crafts of his own vision, bunk beds and sheds with no instructions included! If Linda could envision it, Jerry could build it for her!
Other hobbies included, car shows, corn roasts, camping, fishing, planning and taking road-trip vacations across the country and fish fry Friday nights with family. He loved anything with an engine! 4-Wheeler rides, snowmobile rides and more recently long motorcycle rides with his brother Brad. His most beloved hobby of all was his 1967 Pontiac GTO that he purchased in 1974, took to countless car shows and spent endless hours perfecting to showroom quality.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Michelle (Darrell Weisser) of Lakeville, Minn. and Sherry (Robert Freeman) of Denmark. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Caaden, Kate and Zackery; his father Oric; his brothers, Richard, Doug (Cindy) and Brad; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lila; mother-in-law, Anne Fetting; sister-in-law, Lori (Fetting) Miller and brother-in-law, Richard Fetting.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home, Ladysmith.
Celebrate Jerry’s life from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Alan and Lisa Larson residence, 502 W Flambeau Ave., Ladysmith.