Richard L. Hoffman, age 86 of Richmond, and formerly of the Elwood community, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Friends Fellowship Community. He had been a resident there since 2011. He was born August 11, 1927 in Greencastle, Indiana, the son of Robert & Beulah (Griggs) Hoffman. He had many fond memories of being raised on his family’s farm near Greencastle. As a youth in the 1940’s, Richard played basketball for Greencastle High School and competed in livestock judging at numerous county and state fairs. Richard served in the Eighth U.S. Army of Occupation of Japan from 1946 to 1947. In 1949, he married Betty Anne Trippett. After graduating from Purdue University, he taught vocational agriculture at Walnut Grove High School for four years. In 1955 he was employed by the John Hancock Company, making farm loans throughout central Indiana for ten years. In 1965 he formed the Farm & Home Real Estate Agency in Elwood, which continued in business until his retirement in 1997. Richard was a 60-year member and Elder of the East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood. He enjoyed fishing on Little Eva Lake in Ontario, Canada and Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County, IN; playing golf; traveling; and having wiener roasts with family and friends on his farm in White River Township in Hamilton County, IN.
Richard is survived by three children: Jeffrey (Carole) Hoffman of Overland Park, KS, Jerry (Amy) Hoffman of Richmond, and Ann Hoffman-Ruffner (Dan) of West Chester, OH; 4 grandchildren, Kathleen (Austin) Wagner of Danville, PA, Michael (April) Hoffman of Lenexa, KS, Andrew Hoffman (fiancée Sierra) of Terre Haute, and Kate Ruffner of Cincinnati, OH; 2 great-grandchildren, Lucy Wagner and Julia Hoffman; and sister, Mary Louise May of Grinnell, IA. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife, Betty, who passed in August 2013.
Private burial will take place this week in Forest Hill Cemetery in Greencastle, and a memorial graveside service will take place there later in the spring. Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood. Online condolences may be made at copherfeslermay.com.