Garth, Bill, Dad, and Poppa, as his loved ones called him, died peacefully with loved ones around him on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.
Garth William Hoffmann was born in Chippewa Falls on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1925, to William E. Hoffmann and Helen Irene Bostwick Hoffmann.
He is survived by his wife, June Elizabeth Felske Hoffmann; and their daughters, Nan Elizabeth Adams (Stephen) and Susan Patricia Baumann (Kevin). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Rebecca Elizabeth Adams L’Heureux (Glenn), William Merrick Adams (Kaaren), Benjamin Louis Baumann (Sara) and Anna Elizabeth Baumann Schwantes (Aaron); and great-grandchildren, Eleanor Elizabeth L’Heureux, Gabriel Kevin Baumann and Grace Patricia Baumann. He is further survived by his sister, Patricia Parker (James), sister-in-law Nancy Hoffmann, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law; brother Bradley Bostwick Hoffmann; sister-in-law Patricia Ann Hammett; and brother-in-law Frank William Hammett.
Garth was an Eagle Scout and received the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow. He was lieutenant governor at Badger Boys State. Garth graduated from Wausau High School in 1943. Immediately thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the Pacific front on the LST 776 – U.S.S. Brodie. It was the only LST aircraft carrier. He participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Island of Japan.
Upon return from military service, he attended and graduated from Ripon College. While there, he was a member of the ROTC and received a commission as a second lieutenant. It was there that he met his future wife, June. Garth and June married at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine on Dec. 27, 1947. While in Ripon, he was company commander in the 32 Division of the National Guard. In 1951, the family moved to Cedarburg, and he began Baumann-Hoffmann Hardware with his partner, Larry Baumann. He became an active member of the community. Garth was president of the Lions Club, served on the board of public works and was an undersheriff for Ozaukee County. Garth was a member of the Cedarburg Fire Department for over 50 years. He was chairman of the building committee for the construction of the current firehouse, served as the captain of the rescue squad and retired as assistant chief.
Garth was a man of diverse interests; he constructed two cabin cruisers and a cottage, enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and exploring the United States in his motor home.
Garth was a member of Advent Lutheran Church for over 60 years.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, Cedarburg. The Rev. Dr. Janis Kinens will be officiating. Family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. The Cedarburg Fire Department will have their honorary walk through at 2:15 p.m. Private inurnment with full military honors will be held at Zur Ruhe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Cedarburg Fire Department, Cedarburg Public Library or Advent Lutheran Church are appreciated. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.