Leo Hoffart, 86, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 7, 2007, in the emergency room at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Leo was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Beulah, N.D., of German parents who were immigrants from Russia, Johannes and Margareta Hoffart.
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Leo was the youngest of seven children. He attended and graduated from Beulah High School in 1939, enlisting in the Navy soon after. His Navy career was spent in San Diego where he was a radio operator from 1942-44.
After his honorable discharge, Leo relocated to Minneapolis, Minn., where he began an insurance career with Western States Life Insurance until 1954, when he accepted a job with State Farm Insurance.
While Leo was in Billings, he married Helen Fitzpatrick and started his family of two daughters, Jade and Vickie. Helen passed away in 1979.
Leo later married Corrine Hossack.
Leo was a State Farm agent in Bozeman for the next 42 years. He respected his customers and many became his longtime friends.
Leo's love of the Bobcats attached the name "Sportsfan" to him, and to his friends as he greeted them. Sports at MSU, sports of fishing and shooting, and sports talk at coffee groups most every day were routine in Leo's life.
PEOPLE were so very important in his life -- his daughters, Corrine's family, grandchildren, State Farm personnel, clients, morning coffee friends, trap-shooters, and Bobcat fans alike.
Those who survive Leo are his wife of 28 years, Corrine, and her family; his daughter, Jade and husband, Gary, and their daughters and sons-in law: Merle and Lisa Bowen and daughter, Kayla; Bill and Sandra Lampe and son, Connor; Jill and Matthew Baker and family, Kylee, Roman, and Kieran; his daughter and husband, Vickie and Lou Raisler, and granddaughters, Andrea and Amanda Miller. Also surviving are Kurt and Kim Martinson of Minneapolis and their family, Kaja and Lars; Lance Hossack and Dominique Blokker of Bozeman; Keith and Hillary Brown and their family, Chelsea, Madison and Otter of Vermont.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Resurrection Parish. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Bobcat Club, P.O. Box 172270, Bozeman
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2007