John Joseph Hofmann was born January 24, 1927 in Redwood County, to John and Mary (Plotz) Hofmann. After his schooling, he served in the United States Army where he was stationed primarily in Japan after World War II until 1945. After a year in Japan, he was sent to Chicago where he had to figure out how to return home.
On October 25, 1949, Johnnie was united in marriage to the love of his life, Georgine Weber, at St. Thomas Parsonage in Sanborn. After he proudly served his country, he spent the rest of his working career farming near Sanborn until he retired. Johnnie was a long-time member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Sanborn American Legion for many years.
If you knew Johnnie, you knew he loved spending his summers at his cabin on Smith Lake hoping to catch the “big one,” countless hours in his garden that seemed to grow bigger and bigger every year and tinkering around in his woodshop. He also enjoyed his early mornings having coffee at the “corners” catching up with his buddies.
Johnnie had many things that he loved, but nothing he loved greater than his family.
Johnnie died peacefully at his home surrounded by his children on January 4 at the age of 93. He is survived by his son Michael (Lisa) Hofmann of Sanborn; his daughters Vicki (Chuck) Roiger of Springfield, Trudy Larson of Sanborn and Theresa (Pat) Ryan of New Prague; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his sister Maggie (Bob) Schroedel of Glenwood. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 65 years, Georgine; son Thomas; grandsons Calvin and Jeremy; daughter-in-law Joanie; son-in-law Larry; 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
This gentle, loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will deeply be missed by all.