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James W. Hoffman

Published: April 27, 2014 4:00 AM


James W. Hoffman, 68 years of age of Nelson Township, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Lake Milton, Ohio on July 15, 1945, he was the son of the late William and Florence (Doak) Hoffman. A resident of Nelson Township the past 45 years, he had been employed by BASF as a fork lift operator retiring after 44 years of service. He loved the outdoors, four wheeling, hunting and fishing and going to swap meets. Spending time with his family and Ford trucks were also special to him. On August 15, 1968, he married his loving wife of 45 years Marilyn (Bell) Hoffman who survives at their home. Also surviving are his children Jimmy Hoffman and Kelly (Harold) Reynolds both of Southington, Michael Hoffman of Mantua and Debby (Steve) Miller of Garrettsville, 7 grandchildren Craig, Kyle, Nathan, Cole, Corey, Sarah and Samantha, and his brother Dale (Karen) Hoffman of Southington, and numerous nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be Monday, April 28, 2014 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Green family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, St. Rt. 44 at the corner of 4668 Pioneer Trail, Mantua where his funeral service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Hospice of Western Reserve. His obituary and video tribute may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

(Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 330-274-3145, RC 4-26 & 27-14)

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ashlogo Apr 28, 2014 12:35 PM

Marilyn and family,

So very shocked and sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I got to know and appreciate Jim over the seven years I worked with him at BASF. As you probably know, Jim talked to me for a few years off and on about retirement but his top priority was making sure that his wife would be covered by insurance and otherwise ok if he retired. He was a man of few words but this spoke volumes to who he really was as a person.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I will miss him too. It was a pleasure to work with and get to knowJim for who I think he really was.

ChrisZ Apr 28, 2014 12:22 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  Jim was a good man, and a pleasure to be around.  I worked with Jim from 2000 to 2005, while I was the Production Supervisor of the Streetsboro plant.  There is no doubt about it, Jim would always keep me on my toes (which was a good thing!).  He was an extremely hard worker, and would have done anything to get the job done.  The thing I remember most about Jim was his expressed love for his wife and family, and how much he loved being outside enjoying nature, and how he like to be fixing things.  He would always look to make / suggest improvements to the overall process of the Streetsboro process, from fixing / updating machines, and training, etc to employees (sometimes being me!).  Again, I'm sorry to hear of your loss.