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Jack Hoffman
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Leslie Eugene "Jack" Hoffman, 87, of Shenandoah, IA, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Celebration of life memorial services will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM (one hour prior to the service) up until service time. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88 Honor Guard. Memorials in lieu of flowers are being directed to either the First Christian Church, the Shenandoah Food Pantry or People for Paws in Jack's name. A luncheon will take place immediately following the services at the Shenandoah Elk's Club.

The son of William Henry Hoffman, II and Edith Ethel (Goddel) Hoffman, Jack was born on July 14, 1930 at Goldfield, Iowa.

Jack grew up in Southwest Iowa, receiving his education at country schools in Adams County, Nodaway and Shenandoah. As a young man, he was involved with boxing, engaging in boxing matches in Carbon, Iowa and at the Adams County Fairs. He was paid 50 cents for boxing three two-minute rounds. He also worked on the farms of family friends and in coal mines around Carbon, Iowa.

Jack enlisted in the United States Navy on St. Patrick’s Day of 1948, serving for 25 years and reaching the highest enlisted rank of Command Master Chief . He served in a variety of capacities in many locations including San Diego, Seattle, Alaska, Guam, Oregon, Hawaii, Des Moines, Virginia, the Azore Islands and San Francisco.

During his Navy service Jack served on three ships, the USS Shelton, the USS Hanson and the USS Mobile. During the Korean Conflict, Jack’s ship, the Shelton, took enemy fire, killing 12 of his shipmates and blowing a five foot hole in her bow.

On May 20, 1952, Jack was united in marriage in Council Bluffs, IA, eloping with Sarah Perry. They had two children, Nick and Joni. They raised their children in the Navy lifestyle, moving every two or three years to various locations around the United States and Portugal.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Jack worked various jobs, the last one being at Beecher Chevrolet in Shenandoah, retiring at the age of 83.

Jack enjoyed many activities including fishing, golfing and drag-racing while living in the Azore Islands. He also loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the San Francisco 49ers. He served for many years as a member of American Legion Post 88 and he served for one year as the Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O.E. Lodge in Shenandoah. He loved his family unconditionally, including his wife, children and grand-children.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Marie Hoffman, brothers Tom, Dick, Dallas and Louis, sisters Cora, Wanda, Iva and Mae, step-sister Rachel and step-brother Willard.

Jack is survived by his wife, Sarah, his sister Corina Jean, his children Nick (Janet) and Joni (Mike), grandchildren Douglas (Paula), Stacy (Scott), Lesli and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Merlin Harness, his sisters in law Viola Hoffman and Annalee Hoffman and many nieces and nephews.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601





11:00 AM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Military Honors

Cemetery Details


Rose Hill Cemetery

Argus Rd Shenandoah, IA 51601
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Memorial Contribution

Shenandoah First Christian Church

People for Paws

Shenandoah Food Pantry


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