William J. Hoffman

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William J. Hoffman

March 20, 1960 - September 02, 2018

William "Bill" James Hoffman, 58, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 doing what he loved - working on his Centennial Farm. Bill was born in Traverse City on March 20, 1960 to Thomas Loyd and Irene Elizabeth (Gilland) Hoffman.
He graduated from Traverse City Central High School, class of 1978. Following graduation he met and married the love of his life, Monica Ann Lenard. The two were married on Sept. 7, 1985 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mapleton. The two of them were inseparable and did everything together.
Together, Bill and Monica proudly farmed the Hoffman Centennial Farm, which dated back to 1879. Bill was the fourth generation of Hoffmans to do so.
Bill loved hunting, especially for mule deer in Montana. He enjoyed visiting friends on his and Monica's annual trip there. Closer to home he enjoyed coyote and bear hunting. Because of his love for hunting, he served on the Michigan Bear Hunter Association Board as a past director. He also was a proud member of the NRA.
Fishing, growing potatoes, cherry farming, having his own trout pond for the kids to fish and especially training his hunting dogs brought great joy to Bill.
Bill smoked some great meat in his day. Smoked chicken, pork loin, salami and sausage were a few of his specialties. After his hard work of smoking the meat he took great pride in sharing it with his friends and family.
Bill will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and true love for his family, especially all of the kids. There was nothing better to them than spending the day with Uncle Bill. He was a hardworking and generous man who will be missed deeply by all who knew him.
Surviving Bill are his wife of almost 33 years, Monica; mother, Irene; siblings, Sara (Doug) Parrott, Barb (Roy) Carroll, Mary (Michael) Sletten and Susan (John) Bawden; in-laws, Elmer Kolarik, Kathy (Dean) Krey, Joe (Ann) Lenard, Rich Lenard and Birdie (Ken) Brcic; Grandpa John Leonard; 17 nieces and nephews; 10 great-nieces and nephews; his walker hounds; Scooter; and many other family members and dear friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Tom; siblings, Pat and John; and niece, Kim.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a rosary prayed at 6 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, also at the funeral home. Deacon Jim Krupka will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Special Olympics, St. Jude or the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) online at is.gd/jdrfhoffman.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with Bill's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on September 9, 2018
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John Metevia
Sep 12, 2018
Wanted to express my condolences to the Hoffman family. According to the Bible, 'death is an enemy' at 1Cor. 15:26 and robs us our loved ones, and many times at an early age.
Monica Zolnierek
Sep 11, 2018
Monica I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. May you find strength from God as you grieve.
Dan Roach
Sep 09, 2018
Great memories of Bill. My family and I were lucky enough to enjoy some of the bear meat that Bill had harvested and to fish in his trout pond. All our best to Monica and family. We are sorry for your loss.