Kenneth L. Hoffman

Friday, March 6, 2009
Kenneth L. Hoffman

Kenneth LeRoy Hoffman, 91, of Spencer, and formerly of Storm Lake, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 at Spencer Hospital in Spencer.

A memorial service for Kenneth at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Grace Lutheran Church at 1407 W Fifth St. in Storm Lake.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., tonight at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home at 1615 W. Milwaukee St. in Storm Lake.

In accordance with Kenneth's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Kenneth was born to North Mortimer and Laura (Sweet) Hoffman on April 9, 1917 in Storm Lake. Ken grew up on the family Centennial farm northeast of Storm Lake with his brother, Harold, and sister, Emily. He attended Truesdale schools and graduated from high school in 1935.

Kenneth was raised Methodist and converted to the Lutheran faith prior to his marriage to Helen Harjes at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake on Feb. 9, 1941. The couple was blessed with four children: Marcia, Cheryl, Steven and Bruce.

Ken enlisted in the Navy on Aug. 13, 1941, serving during World War II on the USS Barnett as a carpenters mate. Ken received his boot training at Great Lakes, Illinois. His petty officer rating came the hard way--through active combat service--as he did not attend a navy service school. He served in both oceans and saw special action at Guadalcanal, Sicily and Italy. Ken was with the first forces to set troops ashore in the French invasion. His ship, the Barnett, is recorded as having escorted the first wave of small assault boats which set troops ashore in the D-Day invasion. He survived a suicide bombing and was honorably discharged on Sept. 22, 1945 as a Carpenters Mate First Class. Ken received an Honorable Discharge Button, Honorable Discharge Emblem and Honorable Service Lapel Button.

In 1951, Ken and Helen became charter members of Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, where Ken served on the finance board and the board of Christian education. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau.

He served as president of the Junior Sportsman's Club for four years, and as vice-president of the midget Junior Sportsman's League, which included Clay, Cherokee, Pocahonas and Buena Vista counties, for several years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen; his parents, North and Laura Hoffman; two brothers: Lyle Hoffman and Harold Hoffman; and two sisters: Opal Hoffman and Emily McConkey.

Kenneth is survived by his four children: Marcia Siefkes and husband, Larry of Apple Valley, Calif., Cheryl Meeter and husband, George of Rockford, Mich., Steven Hoffman and wife, Mary, and Bruce Hoffman and wife, Barb -- all of Storm Lake; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website:

The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.