Thomas ‘Tom’ Hoff
Thomas “Tom” Hoff, beloved husband and best friend of Patricia (nee Stocks) for 49 years, was born to eternal life Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at home at the age of 88.
He was the loving father of Joseph (Billie Jo), Michael (Cheryl), Thomas (Kay), Robert (Kay), John, Tamara and David; loving grandfather of Lisa (Tim), Timothy(Betsy), Gabe (Amanda Jessica(Ben), Bryan, Gina (Paul), Peter (Lisa), Adam (Val), Emily (Robin) and Matt, Ashley; and great-grandfather of six. He is survived by his brother, Lyle (Mary), and many other relatives and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Onalee, and his first wife and friend, Florence.
Tom served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II with the 389th Bomb Group. He was shot down during the famous and most decorated bombing raid over the Romanian oil fields of Ploesti, known as Operation Tidal Wave. After saving the only other survivor of his plane, he was a POW for 13 months. For his heroism, he received the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, a Squadron Citation and the second highest military award, the Distinguished Service Cross.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral Mass on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at St. Charles Parish, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland. his final rest will be in Town of Summit Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.
Evert-Luko Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 367-2156 or visit online at www.evertlukofuneralhome.com.