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Robert Hoffmann 1941-2008

Aug 7, 2008

Robert Charles Hoffmann of Sun City West, AZ, died August 3, 2008, in his hometown, Emmetsburg, IA. He was 67. Funeral services are at 9:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2008, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Emmetsburg. The Rev. David Morris, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Rochester, MN, Tuesday.

Bob joined the Air Force in 1958, serving with the Air Force Security Service in Peshawar, Pakistan and Brindisi, Italy.

He returned to the US in 1962, attending NW Missouri State College, graduating with a BA in Math/Physics. Immediately after graduation, he married Shirley Keen of Hyden, KY, and began a 30-year career with IBM Systems Software Engineering in Poughkeepsie, NY; Tokyo, Japan and Rochester, MN.

Bob took early retirement in 1995 to become a fulltime caregiver for his wife. A family website, which he began to keep friends and family informed of her condition, grew into a major resource for other caregivers and medical professionals. He also produced a newsletter, “Coping” that was distributed to other caregivers, support groups, and Care Centers through the Alzheimer Research Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Shirley died in August, 1998.

He served for two years as Director of Product Development for Technology Concepts, Inc. in Rochester, MN, before retiring to travel to Alaska in an Aliner – an a-frame camping trailer. He and his future wife, Suzanne Thompson, founded the Aliner Owners Club, growing it to a membership of 800 members in 46 states and six Canadian provinces.

Bob is survived by his wife, Suzanne Thompson; son Rob (Kelly) of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Nichole (Pat) Blegen of Rochester, MN; granddaughter Brooke Blegen and McKenna Hoffmann, 10 stepchildren and nine step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Shirley; brother Randy; sister Carolyn; and his parents, Randall A. and Cleone (Albright) Hoffmann.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota, 4550 West 77th St., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55435.

Robert Hoffmann 1941-2008

Aug 7, 2008

Robert Charles Hoffmann of Sun City West, AZ, died August 3, 2008, in his hometown, Emmetsburg, IA. He was 67. Funeral services are at 9:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2008, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Emmetsburg. The Rev. David Morris, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Rochester, MN, Tuesday.

Bob joined the Air Force in 1958, serving with the Air Force Security Service in Peshawar, Pakistan and Brindisi, Italy.

He returned to the US in 1962, attending NW Missouri State College, graduating with a BA in Math/Physics. Immediately after graduation, he married Shirley Keen of Hyden, KY, and began a 30-year career with IBM Systems Software Engineering in Poughkeepsie, NY; Tokyo, Japan and Rochester, MN.

Bob took early retirement in 1995 to become a fulltime caregiver for his wife. A family website, which he began to keep friends and family informed of her condition, grew into a major resource for other caregivers and medical professionals. He also produced a newsletter, “Coping” that was distributed to other caregivers, support groups, and Care Centers through the Alzheimer Research Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Shirley died in August, 1998.

He served for two years as Director of Product Development for Technology Concepts, Inc. in Rochester, MN, before retiring to travel to Alaska in an Aliner – an a-frame camping trailer. He and his future wife, Suzanne Thompson, founded the Aliner Owners Club, growing it to a membership of 800 members in 46 states and six Canadian provinces.

Bob is survived by his wife, Suzanne Thompson; son Rob (Kelly) of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Nichole (Pat) Blegen of Rochester, MN; granddaughter Brooke Blegen and McKenna Hoffmann, 10 stepchildren and nine step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Shirley; brother Randy; sister Carolyn; and his parents, Randall A. and Cleone (Albright) Hoffmann.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota, 4550 West 77th St., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55435.