July 18, 1941 - Sept. 24, 2012
John E. "Jack" Hoffman, 71, Riggles Gap, died Monday at Homewood at Martinsburg.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late John N. and Tamsun L. (Harris) Hoffman. He married Leora K. Shuma on June 4, 1971, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Altoona.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Brett T. of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two daughters: Andrea L. (Keith) McGraw of Roaring Spring and Tricia K. Maceno of Altoona; three grandchildren: Jessie C. Hoffman of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Kyler J. and Noah A. Maceno, both of Altoona; three sisters: Donna (Ken) Stewart of Indiana, Pa., Cheryl (Regis) Feathers of Savannah, Ga., and Marina "Taffy" Lego of Altoona; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald.
Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-64 and was stationed aboard the USS Aucilla (AO-56). He retired from the maintenance department of PPG Industries, Tipton, in 2005 with 39 years of service. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Bellwood.
He also belonged to Logan Lodge 490, F&AM; Altoona Consistory; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Jaffa Shrine, where he was a former member of the Mounted Patrol; Altoona Shrine Club; Order of the Eastern Star, Delphi Chapter 65, Altoona; and Order of Amaranth, Juniata Valley Court 121, Huntingdon. He was a former president of the Antis Cemetery Association and a member of the USS Aucilla (AO-56) Association.
Jack enjoyed the outdoors, camping and tinkering with his many collectibles. He treasured spending time with his grandsons, attending their sporting events and train-watching. He was an American history buff, and one of his favorite pastimes was visiting Civil War battlefields and places of historical significance.
Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Bellwood. Friends also will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bellwood. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. John P. Klingeman officiating. Interment will be at Antis Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org or to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.