Norman L. Hoff, 93, of Belleville, Ill., born Jan. 1, 1923, in Belleville, Ill., died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
A meat cutter by trade, Norman was employed for 23 years at the Belleville A&P Stores. He was head meat cutter for 17 of those years. He was the retired president and business agent of U.F.C.W. Meat Cutter's Union Local 534, where he had served as an officer for 34 years before his retirement in May 1985. He was a past administrator of Local 534's meat and grocery pension plans and health and welfare plans, as well as past president and treasurer of the A.M.A.L. 534 Credit Union. Mr. Hoff was also a member and trustee of Meat Cutter's Union Local 534 Retiree's Club.
A 1941 graduate of Cathedral High School, he entered military service during World War II in February 1943, and served as a sergeant in a chemical warfare unit as a toxic gas handler. His unit, the 64th Chemical Warfare Company, served in England, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal; the European Theater Medal with three Bronze Stars, noting participation in three major campaigns - Northern France, Central Europe, and The Rhineland; the Occupation Medal with Germany clasp; a World War II Victory Medal; a Meritorious Unit Citation; and four Overseas Service Bars.
Upon returning from military service, Norm married the love of his life, Elma Mae Tuerck, on June 15, 1946. This happy, loving marriage produced five children. Norm had a deep love for his family, which was his life.
Mr. Hoff was a life member of VFW Belleville Post 1739, a life member of the VFW National Home for Children, a charter member of the World War II Memorial Society, a member of the Disabled Veterans Commander's Club, and a member of the AARP. He served on the Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) Advisory Council and was a Meals-On-Wheels program volunteer. Norm loved playing golf, and was a member of the Monday Morning Seniors Golf League at Yorktown. He enjoyed playing cards, especially poker and rummy, with friends and grandsons.
Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Elma Mae "Ellie", nee Tuerck, Hoff, who died March 28, 2015; a son, James N. Hoff, who died Aug. 19, 2013; his parents, August C. and Luella, nee Schumacher, Hoff; a sister in infancy; a son-in-law, Lloyd Scott; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Green.
Surviving are his children, Kathleen A. Scott of Loveland, Colo., Thomas L. (Judy) Hoff of Swansea, Ill., Karen E. (Gary) Voelker of Freeburg, Ill., and Kenneth A. (Tina Marie) Hoff of Belleville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, David (Breanne) Scott of Parker, Colo., Brian (Cara) Scott of Homewood, Ill., Elizabeth (Christopher) Hohweiler of Loveland, Colo., Kristin (Tim) Hoff Smith of Hoboken, N.J., James and Andrew Voelker of Freeburg, Ill., and Jessica and Dale Hoff of Belleville, Ill.; seven great-grandchildren, Colin, Cailey, Caiden, and Cristian Scott, Adam and Allison Hohweiler, and Austin Smith; a sister-in-law, Shirley Green of Naperville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, David (Prema) Tuerck of Franklin, Mass.; three nephews, Michael (Kathy) Green of Plainfield, Ill., Steven (Robin) Green of Warrenville, Ill., and John (Rachel) Tuerck of Barrington, Ill.; great-nieces and great-nephews; great-great-nephews, a great-great-niece; and many friends.
The Hoff family would like to extend their gratitude to Family Hospice and Home Instead Senior Care. Nurse Tammy and caregiver Aisha are truly wonderful people who brought care, compassion, and love to Norman in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
, or Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. A VFW ritual will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with Rev. Jonathan Tinge officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 7, 2016