Robert J. Hoffman

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Robert John Hoffman, 63, died on July 2, 2017, at his home in Guttenberg.

A private celebration of life is planned for a later date. 

Bob was born on July 11, 1953, in Dubuque to Virginette (Wulfekuhle) and Albin Hoffman, the third of six children. He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross, worked at John Deere and continued his education to become a certified radiologic technologist. His career in the medical industry took him across the United States, working in over 20 hospitals and clinics from Caribou, Maine, to San Francisco, Calif. Before his retirement, Bob spent many years working for the Edward Hines, Jr. V.A. Hospital of Chicago. 

He was married to Geraldine Wille on Oct. 19, 1974, at St. Patrick’s Church in Monona, and later divorced. Together Bob and Geraldine had three sons, Nick, John and Luke. Bob was committed to providing his children with equal opportunities and worked hard to give them a head start in life, and for that his sons are eternally grateful.

In his youth, Bob was known as a deceptively fast softball player and later in life as a ruthless card player. He often worked multiple jobs but still found time to enjoy wheeling, dealing, and driving cars. Bob never met a stranger, striking up conversations with people everywhere he went. He wasn’t too proud to ask for directions and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind or ask a tough question. He couldn’t pass up a piece of pie – especially his mom’s homemade black raspberry. 

Survivors include Bob’s mother; his sons, Nick Hoffman, John Hoffman and Luke (Molly Moser) Hoffman, all of Guttenberg; one granddaughter, Rylee Hoffman; siblings, Diane (Tom) Friedmann of Guttenberg, Dave (Barb) Hoffman of Dyersville, Bruce (Connie) Hoffman of Luxemburg, Cheryl Hoffman of McComb, Ill., and Brad Hoffman of Dyersville; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Albin Hoffman, in 2001.

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