John W. Hoffman
1959 - 2019
James A. O'Connor Funeral Home
11603 E. Main
Huntley, IL
John W. Hoffman

Born: March 12, 1959

Died: Aug. 11, 2019

John W. "John Boy" Hoffman, 60, of Huntley passed away tragically Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

He was born March 12, 1959, in St. Charles the son of Alvin and Mary Ann (Turek) Hoffman. John was a member of the 1977 class of Huntley High School. On Aug. 27, 1988, he married the love of his life Brenda Dobbratz.

John was proud of his 41 years of employment at Alliance Contractors, Inc. He recently retired and was enjoying his time with his hobbies and passions of restoring and collecting John Deere tractors. John was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and trapper.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 31 years, Brenda; brother, Mike (Brenda); sister, Rita (Jim) McMahon; mother-in-law, Donna Dobbratz; nieces and nephews, Emily (Dale) Zoellick, Matt (fianc , Olivia Rodawig) McMahon, Alison Hoffman, and Steve Hoffman, USMC; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin in 1992, and Mary Ann in 2000.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, Aug. 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Rd., Huntley. Burial will follow at McHenry Co. Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 16 from 2 to 8 pm at St. Mary Catholic church, 10307 Dundee Rd, Huntley and will continue on Sat. prior to mass from 9-10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be directed to the Northern IL Steam Power Club, Marengo HS FFA, N.E. Illinois Twin Cylinder Club, McHenry Co. Antique Farm Equipment Assoc. or donation of your choice.

The James A. O'Connor Funeral Home in Huntley is assisting the family. For info (847)669-5111 or online at

Published by Northwest Herald from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2019.
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So sorry to hear of your loss. We have been out of town and were not able to attend John Boy's services. Our deepest sympathy and prayers sent to you.
Bill & Lisa Becker
August 19, 2019
Brenda - we are all so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you at this difficult time.
Kim Scharlow
August 19, 2019
Heartfelt thoughts go out to you in this time of sorrow.

The Siemens Family
William Siemens
August 18, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband was so young and apparently highly revered in the community. We attempted to pay our condolences at the wake but couldn't get in.
God Bless you and your family.
~Stephanie & Stan Surdek
Stephanie Surdek
August 17, 2019
I guess it's true. Only the good die young. John Boy, we're going to miss you. You were such a good guy, always smiling and kind towards others. Look over us, big guy. We'll see you on the other side. RIP.
August 17, 2019
RIP John.
Brenda so sorry for your loss.
Met John thru the NEITTC tractor club.
John always had a smile and a handshake.
John, find my dad. You two can talk John Deeres all day.
Jeff and Trudy Flippo
August 17, 2019
George Harvestine
August 16, 2019
You will surely be missed John
Warren Hansen
August 16, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this terrible time.....John Boy helped me learn how to do the thing that I love doing, and he was so patient and caring about it...
Dan & Linda Tonyan
August 16, 2019
To Brenda and the Hoffman family, Debbie Hoffman-Nelson, my dear friend told me the passing of John. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. May John rest in peace and God Bless. Fondly, Bunny Frum
August 16, 2019
Brenda and family. I'm so sorry for ur loss hugs and healing prayers.
Jill Hall hegyi
August 15, 2019
Dearest Brenda,
Can't begin to imagine the grief that you and your family are experiencing at this tragic loss of John in your lives. His love of John Deere tractors should never have caused such heartache for any of you.
You and I were so close as children growing up and my husband Joe even proposed to me at your beautiful wedding back in 1988, but sadly we never spent time together as two couples.
From reading all of the other tributes, it sounds like John was an incredibly wonderful man that we missed out on knowing.
May you find comfort in your memories . . .
With Deepest Sympathy and HUGS Always,
Carol (Geske) Cerny
August 15, 2019
Will miss John's smile and humor. I believe John's neighbor Robert Lackey's response in the Northwest Herald article hit it right on the head, "He was a nice guy!" Unfortunately I will be out of town for the service. Sorry for your loss Brenda and family.
RIP John

Mike Marchewka
Crystal Lake,Ill
August 15, 2019
We are so saddened by the loss of John. He was one of the nicest men you could ever meet. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and the entire family. RIP John, we will all miss you.
Howie Parth
August 14, 2019
My husband, Al Noftz, spoke of John Boy often. They were good friends even tho Al was a IH man and John a JD man. Now Al is helping John to find his way around in the great beyond.

My heart and my prayers go out to all of John's family. Wishing you peace in the next few days, it will be difficult.
Karen (Pickens) Scherer-Noftz
August 14, 2019
R.I.P. my good friend....I will always remember the time when you and Brenda stopped for a visit and you guys found one of your tractors in my display......
Rich Mengel
August 14, 2019
We have no words, our hearts are broken . John was a true friend that was always there for anyone who needed him. He was strong, funny, and compassionate. We will greatly miss him, but will smile warmly when we tell his stories. Our love and prayers go out to Brenda and other family members. May the Lord help ease the pain of loss and heal our hearts.
Lovingly, Bill and Shirley Berghorn
August 14, 2019
Brenda, We are so sorry for the loss of John. It is amazing how people touch you heart. Just meeting you guys a couple of years ago at Hockey and becoming friends.
Our heartfelt Sympathy to you and your families.
Brian and Betty Lovett
August 14, 2019
We will miss this kind man. Our prayers for peace to the family.
Sharon and Mike Gilbert
August 14, 2019
Laurie Montanye
August 14, 2019
Laurie Montanye
August 14, 2019
Laurie Montanye
August 14, 2019
Laurie Montanye
August 14, 2019
Love Always, Wayne & Sue
Sue Perrett
August 14, 2019
Mike, Brenda, Rita, Jim ... Our hearts are breaking for you. May you find comfort in your loving memories of your brother.
John & Patti Wuich
August 14, 2019
Daryl, Heather, and Ewan Bickford
August 14, 2019
Weeping with grief for you and all the Hoffmans.

We loved him like family, the Class of 1977 forever altered, but how sweet the memories.

God rest to our friend, and peace to all of us who sorrow.

Love you, Brenda. Together you were the best example of sweet love.
Bonnie Hatm Pechous
August 14, 2019
Brenda and family

My deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna (Nelson) Raupp
August 14, 2019
You are one of a kind!
Infectious smile & kind soul
You will be gravely missed by all whom had the pleasure of knowing you!
R.I.P. Dear friend xoxo
Tom & Peg Michelsen
August 14, 2019
You are the sun, the moon, and all of our stars. We love you more than words can ever explain. Watch over us, JohnBoy. Always and forever in our hearts. Love *your girls* Emmi and Kari
Kari Klatt
August 13, 2019
You are the sun, the moon, and all of our stars. We love you more than words can ever explain. Watch over us, JohnBoy. Always and forever in our hearts. Love *your girls* Emmi and Kari
Kari Klatt
August 13, 2019
John Boy was the most kind, gentle, loving, caring spirit anyone could ever meet.
"You are our sun, our moon and all of our stars" - we miss you Uncle John Boy. We Love you more than anyone could ever explain.
Your girls, Emmi Blu and Kari
Kari Klatt
August 13, 2019
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