PEORIA - Donald L. Hoffman, 88, of Peoria passed away at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
Don was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 20, 1926, to Ernest F. and Cora J. (Thorne) Hoffman.
He married his high school sweetheart, Elsie M. Newell, in Bloomington on Sept. 20, 1947. She preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2005. He later married Judith A. Alexander-Miller in Peoria on April 15, 2008. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Steven (Bev) Hoffman of Edwards, John (Nancy) Hoffman of San Diego, Calif., and Dave (Kathy) Hoffman of Princeville; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Lawler of Peoria, Scott (Farwa) Hoffman of Indianapolis, Ind., Natalie Hoffman of San Diego, Calif., Nicholas Hoffman of Los Angles, Calif., and Tim, Sophie, and Zack Hoffman of Princeville; and one great-granddaughter, Daniella Lawler of Peoria.
He also is survived by two brothers, Gordon (Esther) Hoffman and Roger (Carole) Hoffman of Peoria, and one son-in-law, John (Jan) Domnick of Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Elsie, and his daughter, Karen Domnick.
Don grew up in Eureka, Ill., and graduated from Eureka High School, where he excelled in several sports. Shortly after graduation in 1944, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a Sherman tank driver in World War II. He fought in the 3rd Armored Division under General George Patton and earned the Bronze Battle Star, Distinguished Unit Badge, and both the Victory and Army of Occupation medals. Following the war's end, he continued to serve as part of the Occupation Force. Upon his return to the United States, he attended Bradley University.
The most important part of Don's life was his Christian faith and his family. Don was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who passed his faith on to all of his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Peoria, for more than 65 years and served in many capacities, including as an elder of the church.
Don worked as a general contractor and builder in the Peoria area for nearly 20 years, building more than 100 homes before becoming a small business owner in central Illinois for the next two decades.
Don had many interests, including golf, flying as a private pilot, small and big game hunting, and target shooting, in which he was an expert marksman.
Don wanted all of his relatives, friends, and acquaintances to know that he placed full confidence and trust in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who promised, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me shall never die."
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, with a visitation preceding beginning at 9 a.m. The Rev. Barry Long will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Lutheran Cemetery. Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cumerford.com.