Robert James Hoffman
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Merritt Island, FL
Robert James Hoffman, U.S. Navy Commander (ret.), 93, passed away at home, February 24, 2014, after "Fighting His Final Battle".
He was born December 6, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII serving his country bravely as a "Tailhook" pilot in the Pacific. After the war, his career spanned the Atlantic, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. He served as navigator of the U.S.S. Boxer, the Pentagon and as the Executive Officer of the Navy R.O.T.C. at University of Rochester, NY, during the Vietnam conflict. At the age of 50, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and medically discharged from the Navy.
Bob and his wife Lorraine moved to Cocoa Beach, FL in 1970, and he became an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, and Patrick Air force Base.
Family was most important to him and his love and support were eternal. He epitomized strength, humility, and grace; valuing the gift of another day well lived. He "fought the good fight and ran the course". He was an inspiration to all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lorraine in 1997, after 55 years of marriage, and his brother, Francis in 2013. He is survived by his children, Dianne Roe (George), Stephanie Steenburg (Earl) and Robert Hoffman Jr.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The family is grateful for the extraordinary care provided by Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice, V.F.W, Daily Bread, or Salvation Army.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 3, 2014