ROBERT HOFFMAN 6/3/1936 - 6/5/2013 Robert "Bob" Hoffman went to be with God on the evening of June 5, 2013. It is impossible to sum up the wonderful life of a man who touched so many, but as he would say, "you gotta try anyway." Bob was born on June 3, 1936 to Russell and Loretta Hoffman in Short Gap, WV. Even at a young age Bob was destined to be a self made man. He moved to Maryland soon after graduation and before long was working for General Motors. From there he enlisted in the Maryland National Guard, working as a Sergeant for the Maryland State Department. After six years he decided it was time to see the world, and took a job working for NASA. During his time there Bob traveled to many places including the Ascension Islands in the South Atlantic, and Guaymas Mexico, and took part in several NASA projects including the Apollo missions. In 1971 Bob was transferred to Goldstone, and took a part time job as a Real Estate agent. Finally after so many different jobs, Bob had found the one he was meant to do. In 1977 he opened his own office, "Golden West Realty," and in 1982 became a part of the first one hundred residential franchises for Coldwell Banker, and "Coldwell Banker Golden West Real Estate" was born. Bob went on to establish CBGWRE as one of the most well known and prominent businesses in Barstow. Bob also took many prominent roles within the governing Real Estate bodies, serving once as President of the Association of Realtors, and Vice President twice. He also received his 30 year pin from the Association for his dedicated years of service. On the state level Bob served as a Director for a year and as a State Arbitrator for several years. He also became a very active member in the community and a proud member of the LionÕs Club. He served in many executive positions during his two plus decades as a member, including President. Many only knew Bob as a business leader, but he was also a devote family man. During a school play in 1954, Bob watched a girl on the stage, and with love in his eyes, whispered to his friend: "I'm going to marry that girl." That girl was Thelma Mae Shirley, and she became Thelma Shirley Hoffman just a few short years later. Bob came from a large family and was eager to become a father. He and Thelma had their daughter, Cynthia Elizabeth Hoffman, while living in Baltimore Maryland. Cynthia in turn had her son and Bob's only grandson Chris, in 1981. Together the four of them became a family built on love, trust, and devotion. Bob loved the outdoors, and his passion for fishing, hunting, and traveling never ceased. Bob dreamed of retiring and hitting the road in his motorhome with his bride and seeing the rest of the country. Even before his retirement in 2001 Bob had already seen enough to have fallen for the RV life. He served as the Overland Trailblazers RV Club President before retirement and as the alternate director to the western region of the Family Motor Coach Association after. He spent the next 12 years doing exactly what he wanted, waking everyday to the sunrise and seeking adventure with Thelma by his side. Together their hearts knew the freedom they had always wanted. Bob is survived by His Bride, Thelma Hoffman; his daughter, Cindy Hoffman; and his grandson, Chris Chisam; as well as his Brother's, Raymond and Harry; and his sister's, Clara, Dolly, and Neva. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older siblings, Buster and Anna. A memorial service in Bob's honor will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Barstow Baptist Temple, 511 Victor Ave., Barstow, CA.
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Published in the Daily Press on June 11, 2013