Robert G. Hoffmann

Longtime resident of Grafton, Robert G. Hoffmann, 70, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born in Saukville on Jan. 29, 1937, the son of Henry and Julia (Miller) Hoffmann, and lived on the family farm until he enlisted in the military in 1956.

He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ellen Goeden, in 1958. They settled in Mary Ellen’s hometown of Grafton, where they raised six children.

Bob started his own construction business in 1959 and through the years, with his son Jim, has built many homes and apartments in and around Ozaukee County.

Bob enjoyed racing snowmobiles, which led him to open a secondary business, Valley Sports, from 1968-1979 where he sold Rupp snowmobiles and also motorcycles.

He was a member of the Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club and took great pleasure in snowmobiling and motorcycling with family and friends until he began his battle with pancreatic cancer at the end of 2006.

Bob was a true lover of the outdoors and a sportsman who enjoyed hunting coon, deer, turke, and bear.

His love for these activities led to his dedicated role on the Wisconsin Conservation Cong-ress Board.

He hunted bear for the last 25 years with his son, Patrick, and friends, and did so right up until the day before he passed away.

He truly did what he loved to do until his body simply wouldn’t allow it another day.

Bob loved to garden. In the latter years, his gardening expanded to include his beautiful lilies, gladiolas and roses.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Ellen; and his loving children and grandchildren, James (Jen-nifer), Shawn and Austin of Grafton; Linda (Tom), Robert Gannon, Ben and Alyssa LeSelle of Nee-nah; Carolyn (Joel), Isa-belle and Wyatt Kalmer of Cedarburg; Pamela (Robert), Lindsey, Lau-ren and Lucas Pericak of Grafton; Craig (Lori), Andrea, Alex and Julia of Hubertus, and Patrick (fiancˇe Lisa Reed) of Aurora.

He is further survived by his brother, Marvin (Eileen) of Saukville; and his sister, Darlene (Eugene) Weyker, of Waubeka; a brother-in-law, Bill (Carol) Goeden of Brookfield; a sister-in-law, Karen Goeden of Franklin; and many other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Henry Jr. and Raymond; an infant sibling; and niece, Michelle Weyker.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 1, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton.

Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Grafton.

The Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.

Memorials of the donor’s choice are suggested.

The family would especially like to thank Bob’s special friends and relatives who gave so generously of their time and said many prayers during this past most difficult year.