Donald A. Hoffmann, 83

Donald A. Hoffmann, 83, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan.17, 2013, at his home in Pacific Township in Columbia County.

Don was born on June 26, 1929, in Cedarburg, the son of Frank and Althea (Behm) Hoffmann. He was the grandson of Ernst Hoffmann, founder of Hoffmann’s Meat Market. Don graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1947. He was a member of the football and basketball teams throughout high school. Don was M.V.P. in football in 1946, and was prom king in his junior year. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1954.

Don served his country in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of 1st lieutenant. He married Beverly Lauson on July 2, 1955. Don entered the Lauson family business with Jack and Faye Lauson and in later years, took over management of Lauson Office Supply. During his business years, Don was a member of the Portage Jaycees, and served a term on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.

He was a member of the Portage Presbyterian Church, and in retirement, Don was a church elder and church treasurer. He also volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels, the American Red Cross Blood Drives and was a member of the Friends of the Library. He was an avid reader!

Don is survived by his wife, Beverly (Lauson) Hoffmann; his children, Paula (Daniel) Greco, Crestwood, Ky., and Dr. Jeffrey (Mai) Hoffmann, Golden, Colo.; his grandchildren, Benjamin (Erika), Jared and Ryan Greco, and Lien, Kyle, and Connor Hoffmann; his brother, Wayne (Geri) Hoffmann, Waukesha; his sisters, Laurice Hoffmann Bell, Cedarburg, and Dr. Joan Hoffmann (Anne Marie Cullin), Oak Brook, Ill.; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Portage Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Hankins officiating.

Military Honors, provided by Portage area veterans, followed the service. Inurnment was private. Visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Portage Presbyterian Church.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homes in Portage is assisting the family. For online condolences, please go to